Descanting on Deformity: The Irregularities in Shakespeare's Large Chiasms

  title={Descanting on Deformity: The Irregularities in Shakespeare's Large Chiasms},
  author={M. Ramirez},
  journal={Text and Performance Quarterly},
  pages={37 - 49}
  • M. Ramirez
  • Published 2011
  • Philosophy
  • Text and Performance Quarterly
In this essay I investigate Shakespeare's complex use of chiasmus, a rhetorical scheme in which the order of words is reversed. In its simplest form, in which only two terms are reversed, this scheme was widely used throughout the literature of antiquity and the Renaissance. In this study I analyze more complex forms of this figure from the Bible, Marlowe's Dr. Faustus, and Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, and The Taming of the Shrew. Only in Shakespeare, however, have I… Expand
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