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Shakespeare's Political and Economic Language

Vivian Thomas

DOI: 10.5040/9781623562953

ISBN: 9781472573384

Shakespeare's plays are pervaded by political and economic words and concepts, not only in the histories and tragedies but also in the comedies and romances. The lexicon of political and economic language in Shakespeare does not consist merely of arcane terms whose shifting meanings require exposition, but includes an enormous number of relatively simple words which possess a structural significance in the configuration of meanings. Often operating by such means as puns, they open up a surprising number of possibilities. The dictionary reveals the conceptual nucleus of each term and explores the contexts in which it is embedded. The overlap between the political and economic dimensions of a word in Shakespeare's drama is particularly exciting as he is highly attuned to the interactions of these two spheres of human activity and their centrality in human affairs.

'Unlike many general and subject dictionaries... this volume by Thomas focuses on the multifunctional rather than the literal meaning of the words. Recommended.' Choice

'The Arden Shakespeare has provided a benchmark for textual interpretation on the stage and academically for over a century.' Morning Star