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Unplotting the Past The Metaphorical Play of History in Shakespeare's First and Second Tetralogies

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Description: In the first and second tetralogies of his histories, William Shakespeare challenges the metaphor of history as a narrative and introduces the metaphor of history as a drama. In this new metaphorical figuration of history, performance, and not premeditated narrative, ultimately dictates the terms for historical discourse. In utilizing the Conceptual Blending model from cognitive linguistic metaphor theory, and employing Eve Sweetser's work in performativity theory, and particularly the notion of negotiability, it is possible to analyze the way Shakespeare's characters create, and interact with, their own histories. This paper explores how Shakespeare interrogates the ability of different rituals and performances to alter the current and future circumstances of the characters in his histories from Richard II to Richard III as they vie with the problems of kingship, prophecy and cursing.
Language: English
Format: Degree Work