Begging to Differ: Modes of Discrepancy in Shakespeare

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P. Lang, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 328 pages
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The frequent inconsistencies in Shakespeare's work, particularly in plot and characterization, have long attracted the attention and even ire of his commentators. Based largely on four plays - Hamlet, Measure for Measure, The Winter's Tale and Henry V - this study is a detailed exploration of some modes of discrepancy as they relate to three specific areas of Shakespeare's dramaturgy: plot and narrative; language and text; and reasoning and proof. Professor Thatcher examines the nature and causes of real and apparent inconsistencies and suggests whether or not they may be seen to have artistic or dramatic justification. Begging to Differ includes the first comprehensive treatment of a neglected topic, discrepant quotations within Shakespeare's text.

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The Author: David Thatcher is Professor of English at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. He has published widely on Nietzsche, Shakespeare, and other authors. In addition, Professor Thatcher has coedited catalogues of musical settings of romantic, Victorian, and modern British literature, as well as the acclaimed five-volumes, A Shakespeare Music Catalogue. He received his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Alberta.

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