“Yonder's Foul Murders Done”: Place, Predicament, and Grammatical Space on Cyprus

Joel B. Altman

in The Improbability of Othello

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780226016108
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226016122 | DOI:
“Yonder's Foul Murders Done”: Place, Predicament, and Grammatical Space on Cyprus

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This chapter focuses specifically on the spatial implications of dialectical predicaments and rhetorical topics, showing how Shakespeare's deployment of these analytical tools, coordinated with an oscillation between conditional and indicative grammatical moods, effects a dramatization of acoustic effects that gradually erode distinctions between mental and exterior space and are responsible for the play's claustrophobic eeriness as it draws to a close. It addresses the “ingenious” and “apodeictic” aspects of rhetorical anthropology through contemporary understandings of the way language situates the self in the world.

Keywords: dialects; rhetorics; acoustic effects; mental space; rhetorical anthropology; language

Chapter.  12863 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

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