New PDF release: A History of American Literature: 1950 to the Present

By Linda Wagner-Martin

* The heritage of yank Literature from 1950 to the current offers a complete research of the big variety of literary works that extends into the twenty first century
* Covers drama, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, technology fiction, and detective novels
* positive aspects dialogue of yankee works in the context of such 21st-century concerns as globalization, medication, gender, schooling, and different topics

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The demonstrative ‘this’ is exemplary of the design of the play. The word directs attention toward something, but in this play that something is seldom clear. There is also a host of pronouns without clear referents, and even in moments of apparent clarity, meaning turns back on itself: a ‘he’ that seems to refer to Brabantio slips a few lines later to seem to refer to Othello. Othello himself goes unnamed until the third scene, in spite of the fact that he is central to the action from the start.

Archaisms might be ‘antique’, carrying the gravity of age, but both archaisms and neologisms were potentially ‘antic’, deforming the language with grotesquery and disorder. The chapter focuses on two plays in which the tension between old and new forms of language is particularly striking: Love’s Labour’s Lost and the Second Part of Henry IV. Exploring ambiguous figures such as Don Armado and Pistol – both use both archaism and neologism – and the archaic pageant of the nine worthies in Love’s Labour’s Lost, the chapter examines the performative qualities of archaism and neologism, and their potential links with ‘antic’ gestures or postures, and also the ways in which these plays commodify language, selling themselves in part through their linguistic experimentation.

11 Furthermore, the word ‘usury’ is never actually mentioned anywhere in The Merchant of Venice. Shylock’s own term is ‘usance’, which can refer to simple moneylending but also has a range of other meanings in early modern English usage. The primary meaning of ‘usance’ according to the OED is custom, wont or habit. In early modern England, that sense of the term is often tied to national custom and ways of life. Seventeenth-century Venetian Rabbi Leone Modena wrote Historia de gli Riti Hebrei to explain the customs and mores of European Jews to King James I, and the term ‘usance’ is the one used by Modena’s 1650 English translator Edmund George Downame, Lectures on the XV Psalme (London, 1604), 300.

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