Matthew Hunter reviews Jeff Dolven’s “Senses of Style: Poetry before Interpretation.”
Matthew Hunter is an assistant professor of English at Texas Tech. His research focuses on the social life of early modern drama. His current book project, Stranger Styles, explores the relationship between style and publicity in the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Drawing upon rhetorical treatises, conversation manuals, commonplace books, and satires from the period, Stranger Styles shows how early modern plays present their varied styles of talk as scripts for interacting in the newly public word of early modern London.