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Love’s Labour’s Lost: Shakespeare’s Anatomy of Wit

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Love’s Labour’s Lost: Shakespeare’s Anatomy of Wit
Love’s Labour’s Lost: Shakespeare’s Anatomy of Wit
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22/10/2014
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Love’s Labour’s Lost (1598) stages four young aristocratic suitors courting four French ladies in an improbable Arcadia. Anticipating on Joyce’s language games, this play cannot be seen as yet another festive comedy of love. It is a laboratory piece which reverses our initial expectations, poised as it is between comedy and tragedy, merriment and spleen, copia and nihilism. Here, Shakespeare paves the way for some of the major themes he will explore later on in his career, such as the value of knowledge, the problems of inheritance, or female power. He also examines the arbitrary relationships between verba and res in a dazzling series of puns and quibbles that bring language, letters and ciphers to the fore. A virtuoso comedy, Love’s Labour’s Lost keeps juggling with bawdy words as it puts dramatic codes upside down, so that it somewhat perversely fails to reach the expected happy ending.
Love’s Labour’s Lost: Shakespeare’s Anatomy of Wit reassesses this exuberant and extravagant piece through a close study of its political background, its religious overtones and its transgressive wordplay while also enhancing the play’s multiple resonances in the world of today.


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Nombre de pages: 
192
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978-2-13-063292-4
Numéro d'édition: 
1
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14.5 x 20 cm

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INTRODUCTION: “Overglanc[ing] the superscript” (4.2.116)


I – A NEVER-NAVARRE WORLD: FROM UCHRONY TO UTOPIA
1. Time out of joint
2. A palimpsest garden
3. Babelian Navarre
4. Navarre’s hunting ground


II – ALTERNATIVE ACADEMES
1. “Dost thou infamomise me among potentates?”(5.2.659): looking for glory
2. Men only please!
3. Navarre’s symposium
4. Ideal rules of courtesy


III – CIPHERS, LETTERS, AND LITERACY ON STAGE
1. The arithmetic of love
2. “Mounsieur, are you not lettered?” (5.1.39): language skills
3. Linguistic signifiers
4. The uses of literacy
5. Humanist philology and “Straunge Ynkehorne Termes”

IV – THE SPIRIT AND THE LETTER: RELIGIOUS UNDERTONES
1. The massacre at Navarre
2. From pedagogy to tyranny
3. The threat of holofernes
4. Shakespeare’s “misterming clowne”
5. Text-based worship

V – THE EPISTEMOLOGICAL CRISIS ON STAGE
1. Sonneteering lords and ladies’ tongues
2. Naming, renaming, misnaming
3. The wooing of the sign
4. The rival poets


VI – THE ANATOMY OF DESIRE
1. Anatomised bodies and annothanised texts
2. A boys’ kingdom
3. “Signor Junior” (3.1.157)
4. The circulation of love and death


VII – THEATRICAL LAUGHTER
1. Will vs. wit
2. Staging the obscene
3. Scatological exchanges
4. Shaming rituals


VIII – NON FINITO
1. “Not yet? No dance!” (5.2.212)
2. Songs without tunes
3. Mucovites and worthies: a flawed diptych
4. The sense of an ending


CONCLUSION: Et in Arcadia ego

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Sophie Chiari is Professor of early modern English Literature at Blaise Pascal University, Clermont-Ferrand (France). She is a member of the Centre d’études sur les réformes, l’humanisme et l’âge classique (CNRS). Her latest publications include L’Image du labyrinthe à la Renaissance (Champion, 2010), Renaissance Tales of Desire (CSP, 2012), and Transmission and Transgression: Cultural Challenges in Early Modern England, co-edited with Hélène Palma (PUP, 2014).

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