West, Gilian Books
About the author: Gilian West is Lecturer in English at the University of Hull. Earlier publications include An Approach to Shakespeare (Cassell, 1995) and many articles in academic journals.1998 0-7734-8495-7
This work demonstrates that Shakespeare uses semantic puns as a device of style, like metre or imagery, for various dramatic purposes and to a far greater extent than has been recognised, in tragedy as in comedy. It persuades the reader to examine the contribution punning makes to the pleasure and emotional effect of the plays.