Why are certain words used as insults in Shakespeare's world and what do these words do and say? Shakespeare's plays abound with insults which are more often merely cited than thoroughly studied, quotation prevailing over exploration. The purpose of this richly detailed dictionary is to go beyond the surface of these words and to analyse why and how words become insults in Shakespeare's world. It's an invaluable resource and reference guide for anyone grappling with the complexities and rewards of Shakespeare's inventive use of language in the realm of insult and verbal sparring.
A detailed analysis of how Shakespeare's insults become integrated into his dramatic art and how they mirror Elizabethan society and culture.
Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin is Professor in the English department of the University of Montpellier III Paul Valery, France.
Series Editor's Preface Acknowledgements Introduction Abbreviations A-Z entries Select Bibliography Index