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Wales and the Welsh Language in Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0486  Wednesday, 20 August 2008

From:       Megan Lloyd <
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Date:       Wednesday, 20 Aug 2008 11:04:07 -0400
Subject:    Wales and the Welsh Language in Shakespeare

"Speak It in Welsh": Wales and the Welsh Language in Shakespeare (Lexington 
Books, 2007) by Megan S. Lloyd

"Speak It in Welsh" examines the marginalized Welsh voice in Shakespeare's plays 
and seeks to understand why Shakespeare may have included Wales and the Welsh in 
his plays as he reacts to, reflects on, and contributes to the formation of 
early modern Britain. From the quarrelling captains in Henry V to the 
linguistically challenged lovers in I Henry IV, to the monoglot vocalist Lady 
Mortimer, to the proud Sir High Evans, Shakespeare creates Welsh characters 
whose voices, language use, and presence help reflect one aspect of British 
identity.

Contents:

Chapter 1: "To Speak Welsh": Nonsense and Subversion in Henry IV, Part I

Chapter 2: "The Lady Speaks in Welsh": Lady Mortimer and Tudor Policy in 
Shakespeare's I Henry IV

Chapter 3: "I cannot speak your England": Language, Britishness, and 
Shakespeare's Henriad

Chapter 4: Acquiesce or Eat My Leek: Approaches to Assimilation in The Merry 
Wives of Windsor and Henry V

Chapter 5: Location, Location, Location: Wales in Cymbeline

Chapter 6: Welsh "Noise" and Communicating Couples: Playing Welsh Language and 
Culture on Stage

Chapter 7: "Here the Lady Sings a Welsh Song": Shakespeare's Welsh Language in 
Performance

Appendix A: The Welsh Language and the Welsh Character on Stage

Appendix B: A Note on Editions

More information may be found at the Lexington Books website:
http://www.lexingtonbooks.com <http://www.lexingtonbooks.com/>.

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