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Swearing and Perjury in Shakespeare's Plays

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First published in 1979.
How do the elements of swearing and perjury work in Shakespeare's plays? What effect did Shakespeare intend when he wrote them? How did they contribute to the delineation of character? These questions are investigated by combining a history of ideas approach with close textual analysis.
The book begins by bringing together material from a wide rang
Hardcover, 174 pages
Published July 12th 2005 by Routledge
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Jan 08, 2009 Jillian rated it liked it
Recommended to Jillian by: sabrina
Shirley catalogs and categorizes many of the oaths used in Shakespeare's plays and packs _Swearing and Perjury_ full of useful tidbits. He usually goes play by play, which is good because the later chapter divisions are more arbitrary than they sound. This work was helpful for the research I was doing but not insightful or interesting enough to be worth reading otherwise.
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