Self-Speaking in Medieval and Early Modern English Drama

Subjectivity, Discourse and the Stage

  • Authors
  • Richard Hillman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Richard Hillman
    Pages 1-34
  3. Richard Hillman
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  4. Richard Hillman
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  5. Richard Hillman
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  6. Richard Hillman
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 284-309

About this book


This book documents the changing representation of subjectivity in Medieval and Early Modern English drama by intertextually exploring discourses of 'self-speaking', including soliloquy. Pre-modern ideas about language are combined with recent models of subject formation, especially Lacan's, to theorize and analyze the stage 'self' as a variable linguistic construct. Both the approach itself and the conclusions it generates significantly diverge from the standard New Historicist/Cultural Materialist narrative of subjectivity. Plays range from the Corpus Christi pageants to the Beaumont and Fletcher canon, with Shakespeare a recurrent focus and Hamlet, inevitably, the pivotal text.


comic discourse drama language

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