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 Mercury

Michael Ward

in Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195313871
eISBN:
9780199871964
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313871.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

Mercury and Hermes in Lewis's scholarship, That Hideous Strength, and poetry. The Babel curse, multivalence, puns, and the faculty of componendo et dividendo. The donegality of The Horse and His Boy. ... More


Mixed Menus: the Confusion of Food in Judges

Nathan MacDonald

in Not Bread Alone: The Uses of Food in the Old Testament

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199546527
eISBN:
9780191720215
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546527.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The use of food in the book of Judges is considered by utilizing Mary Douglas's theories of matter out of place. According to Douglas the Israelite dietary laws catalogued animals according to their ... More


Narrative and Speech Problems in Thucydides Book I

John Moles

in Ancient Historiography and its Contexts: Studies in Honour of A. J. Woodman

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199558681
eISBN:
9780191720888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558681.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter examines Thucydides' presentation of the pre-history and causes of the Peloponnesian War in his Book 1. It explores the interplay of various key-words in Thucydides' explanatory scheme ... More


Funny Words in Plautine Comedy

Michael Fontaine

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195341447
eISBN:
9780199866915
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341447.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Plautus, Rome's earliest extant poet, was acclaimed by ancient critics above all for his mastery of language and his felicitous jokes; and yet in modern times relatively little attention has been ... More


Verba Perplexabilia

Michael Fontaine

in Funny Words in Plautine Comedy

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195341447
eISBN:
9780199866915
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341447.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This introductory chapter defines “funny” words as Latin words that Plautus coins for one‐time, facetious usages, or as words whose meaning in ordinary discourse he changes for comical purposes. An ... More


Conclusion

Michael Fontaine

in Funny Words in Plautine Comedy

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195341447
eISBN:
9780199866915
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341447.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter recapitulates and summarizes the findings of the book. It reviews the stylistic techniques and methods whereby Plautus uses “funny” words in puns and suggests avenues of future research. ... More


Toward A Poststructuralist Practice: A Reading of Shakespeare's Sonnets

Howard Felperin

in Beyond Deconstruction: The Uses and Abuses of Literary Theory

Published in print:
1986
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198128960
eISBN:
9780191671746
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128960.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Having argued that the institution of literary criticism should stop trying to do what it cannot do, that is, seek out some monist or foundationalist rationale for its existence and activity — and ... More


The Dark Lady Identified: Or, what Deconstruction can do for Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Howard Felperin

in The Uses of the Canon: Elizabethan Literature and Contemporary Theory

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198122654
eISBN:
9780191671517
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122654.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Is there any text, or group of texts, in the literary canon that so invites exploration of the absences and indeterminacies of textuality itself as ... More


Hardy's ‘Minute Way’ of Looking at Style and Idiom

Dennis Taylor

in Hardy's Literary Language and Victorian Philology

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198122616
eISBN:
9780191671494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122616.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter discusses Hardy's controversial awkwardness as part of his conscious strategy to examine and challenge the idiomatic structures of English. Educated to dissect English into its minute ... More


Drôle de philosophie: Sartre

WALTER REDFERN

in French Laughter: Literary Humour from Diderot to Tournier

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199237579
eISBN:
9780191696749
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237579.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter argues that ‘absurdity’ as a philosophical theme cannot altogether evade its everyday associations with ridiculousness. In La Nausèe, Sartre everywhere rejects images of digestion ... More


Approximating Man: Michel Tournier’s Play with Language

WALTER REDFERN

in French Laughter: Literary Humour from Diderot to Tournier

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199237579
eISBN:
9780191696749
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237579.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The pun conducts a cross-talk act, within language, between different meanings of the same word. This chapter's goal is to examine Tournier's wordplay, in the widest sense, and to see how it informs ... More


Ammianos

GIDEON NISBET

in Greek Epigram in the Roman Empire: Martial's Forgotten Rivals

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199263370
eISBN:
9780191718366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263370.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Puns and plays on words typify Ammianos' epigrams, some of which intervene satirically in the civic politics of 2nd-century Smyrna. The Anthology preserves intact pairs of linked poems which indicate ... More


Play 游戲大觀‎

Christopher Rea

in Age of Irreverence: A New History of Laughter in China

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780520283848
eISBN:
9780520959590
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520283848.003.0003
Subject:
History, Asian History

In the 1890s, the word youxi (play) came to stand for a culture of amusement involving experimentation with literary form and modern devices. It remained a prominent symbol of fun for about thirty ... More


Figures of Word Choice

Jeanne Fahnestock

in Rhetorical Style: The Uses of Language in Persuasion

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199764129
eISBN:
9780199918928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764129.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

While the tropes involve word substitutions hinging on meaning, other figures of speech from the rhetorical tradition cover devices of wordplay that can have surprising argumentative consequences. ... More


Double Meaning in Poetry

in Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804748636
eISBN:
9780804779395
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

According to Shinkei, double meaning is the lifeblood of poetry, the source of its vitality. Without double meaning, composing waka and renga becomes rather difficult. However, double meaning ... More


Pulp Stories in the Repertoire of Egyptian Folk Singers

Pierre Cachia

in Exploring Arab Folk Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748640867
eISBN:
9780748653300
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640867.003.0010
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

This chapter discusses pulp stories in the repertoire of Egyptian folk singers. In the hands of a master, pulp stories may incorporate characteristic folk themes. The chapter examines the tazhīr or ... More


Shakespeare and Donne: Generic Hybrids and the Cultural Imaginary

Judith H. Anderson and Jennifer C. Vaught (eds)

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780823251254
eISBN:
9780823252848
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251254.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

Shakespeare and Donne are themselves hybrids who crossed generic and social boundaries and also shared a contemporary urban space and roots in the old religion. Centering on cross-fertilization ... More


Introduction

Margaret Alexiou and Douglas Cairns

in Greek Laughter and Tears: Antiquity and After

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474403795
eISBN:
9781474435130
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474403795.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter provides an overview of research on body language, gesture and emotion in connection with tears and laughter, and an account of its application in previous scholarship to ancient Greek ... More


Dried Seafood Street

Ken Nicolson

in Landscapes Lost and Found: Appreciating Hong Kong's Heritage Cultural Landscapes

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9789622093393
eISBN:
9789888313822
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789622093393.003.0007
Subject:
History, Social History

Case study 6: Dried Seafood Street is a popular commercial neighbourhood, specialising in selling a wide variety of dried seafood, tea, and herbal goods. Close to Hong Kong’s central business ... More


“As Great Shapesphere puns it”: The Name Game in Shakespeare and Joyce

François Laroque

in Renascent Joyce

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780813042459
eISBN:
9780813043081
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813042459.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This article explores the idea that “Shakespeare (man, works) is the matrix of FW” and that “FW is about Shakespeare” (A. Glasheen). In Finnegans Wake, Joyce is systematically quoting, as well as ... More


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