Wanton Words

Wanton Words

Rhetoric and Sexuality in English Renaissance Drama

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In Wanton Words, Madhavi Menon intimately and expertly couples classical and Renaissance handbooks of rhetoric with canonical Renaissance plays and demonstrates their shared propensity to speak about sex - often transgressive sex - in the same instance that they speak about the workings of language.

While other studies of rhetoric have confined their analyses to local questions of interpretive interest, Menon introduces rhetoric into the largely medico-juridical realm of studies on Renaissance sexuality. In doing so, she suggests that rhetoric allows us to think through the erotics of language in ways that pay most attention to thefrisson of English Renaissance drama. Sustained deconstructive parsings of tropes - metaphor, metonymy, allegory, catechresis, and more - enables their wantonness to emerge in subjects usually considered unrelated to rhetoric: race inOthello, colonialism in The Tempest, tragedy in Romeo and Juliet, and cowardice inThe Roaring Girl.


In Wanton Words, Madhavi Menon intimately and expertly couples classical and Renaissance handbooks of rhetoric with canonical Renaissance plays and demonstrates their shared propensity to speak about sex ? often transgressive sex ? in the same instance that they speak about the workings of language.

While other studies of rhetoric have confined their analyses to local questions of interpretive interest, Menon introduces rhetoric into the largely medico-juridical realm of studies on Renaissance sexuality. In doing so, she suggests that rhetoric allows us to think through the erotics of language in ways that pay most attention to thefrisson of English Renaissance drama. Sustained deconstructive parsings of tropes ? metaphor, metonymy, allegory, catechresis, and more ? enables their wantonness to emerge in subjects usually considered unrelated to rhetoric: race inOthello, colonialism in The Tempest, tragedy in Romeo and Juliet, and cowardice inThe Roaring Girl.


Menon introduces rhetoric into the largely medico-juridical realm of studies on Renaissance sexuality. In doing so, she suggests that rhetoric allows us to think through the erotics of language in ways that pay most attention to thefrisson of English Renaissance drama.



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Comparing Renaissance rhetoric handbooks with canonical plays of the period, Menon (English, Ithaca College) finds that both tend to play with the relationship between rhetorical language and figurative sexuality. Far from being an imposed reading, she argues, the concern with sexuality, especially transgressive sexuality, were "strongly marked by theoretical ideas about language that were in circulation at the time," revealing insight into the nature of early modern desire. Among the plays examined are Othello , The Tempest , Romeo and Juliet , and Love's Labor Lost . Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

University of Toronto Press

In Wanton Words, Madhavi Menon intimately and expertly couples classical and Renaissance handbooks of rhetoric with canonical Renaissance plays and demonstrates their shared propensity to speak about sex – often transgressive sex – in the same instance that they speak about the workings of language.

While other studies of rhetoric have confined their analyses to local questions of interpretive interest, Menon introduces rhetoric into the largely medico-juridical realm of studies on Renaissance sexuality. In doing so, she suggests that rhetoric allows us to think through the erotics of language in ways that pay most attention to the frisson of English Renaissance drama. Sustained deconstructive parsings of tropes – metaphor, metonymy, allegory, catechresis, and more – enables their wantonness to emerge in subjects usually considered unrelated to rhetoric: race in Othello, colonialism in The Tempest, tragedy in Romeo and Juliet, and cowardice in The Roaring Girl.



Publisher: Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, ©2004
ISBN: 9781442683228
1442683228
9780802088376
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 236 pages)

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