"Talk That Talk: Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis and the Seductions of a Form"

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Abstract

This essay draws upon the work of Erving Goffman and Michael Silverstein to read Shakespeare’s first poem as a guide to mastering the burgeoning early modern art of conversation. The epyllion follows the conversation manuals of its day in embracing the aphorism as a charismatic form of talk, but it departs from its precedents in attributing to the aphorism an overtly erotic force. By according to the aphorism the power to turn conversation into an erotic encounter, Venus and Adonis elaborates its period’s most seductive fantasy of talk.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-29
JournalRepresentations
StatePublished - Oct 2019

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