“‘On my word’: Trust and the Word in Romeo and Juliet”

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Abstract: Romeo and Juliet is a play that seems fascinated with the status of words and their substantive value. Over and over again the question is raised whether the meanings of words can be trusted or, more importantly, whether the one who utters them can be trusted. This repeated focus — famously culminating in Juliet’s “What’s in a name?”—is keyed to wider philosophical debates that underpinned many of the Reformation disputes that were so important at the time. Indeed, the playwright’s handling of this theme suggests the play could be his oblique contribution to these debates, a contribution that tied trust and the word to the same conditions of performance that were so familiar to him on the stage.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftEtudes Anglaises
Vol/bind71
Nummer4
Sider (fra-til)409-423
ISSN0014-195X
StatusUdgivet - feb. 2019
BegivenhedTrust and Risk in Literature - Aarhus University, Aarhus, Danmark
Varighed: 29 apr. 20161 maj 2016
http://projects.au.dk/trust-and-risk-in-literature-network/

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KonferenceTrust and Risk in Literature
LokationAarhus University
LandDanmark
ByAarhus
Periode29/04/201601/05/2016
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