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A fury in the words; love and embarrassment in Shakespeare's Venice.


A fury in the words; love and embarrassment in Shakespeare's Venice.

Berger, Harry, Jr.

Fordham University Press


229 pages



In Act 4 of Othello, Desdemona says to Othello: "I understand a fury in your words,/But not the words." In his treatment of language as verbal gesture per Blackmur's Language of Gesture, Berger (emeritus, literature and art history, U. of California, Santa Cruz) interprets dialogue in Shakespeare's Venetian plays, The Merchant of Venice and Othello, in terms of interlocutory (dramatic play) and intralocutory (inward) meaning--viewing the former as a comedy of embarrassment and the latter as a tragedy of embarrassment.

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Date:Apr 1, 2013
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