As Michael Kahn worries that America is becoming "less interested in language as a vehicle for communication"--a trouble Shakespeare theatre opposes--American Theatre proves his insight by blazoning
a trite rhyme pointlessly referencing a decidedly un-Shakespearean film.
Given that kind of critique at least as early as the sixteenth century, it is not surprising that Jane Austen, with her exacting wit and precise literary construction, is able to make the blazon work in multiple ways, both to express the admiration (as yet unknown in its depth to the speaker) of such an eligible lover as Darcy and in her letters, to turn the convention upside down by blazoning
individuals for the amusement of her major correspondent, Cassandra.
They turn the blazoning
gaze back on the narrators to suggest the disintegration both of the love affairs and the speakers' bodies under the force of forbidden desire.
That was the good news, but by the early twentieth century, the Progressives were blazoning
what they saw as the bad news.
These were the days when PBS had only just begun to offer itself as a showcase for America's corporations and--this will sound quaint to the younger crowd--there were those who expressed disquiet at the Times so blithely blazoning
Mobil's ads on its opinion page.
r] which attributes the translation of a different work on the blazoning
of arms not actually present in this manuscript to 'kintyr purseuant' (p.
Sarah Johnson, after blazoning
her affair with Jilly Cooper's husband Leo, lost her job and her lover.
Although stories depicting violence and repression abound in this book, a vast number of other themes appear as well--a feature that may surprise readers steeped in headlines blazoning
Central American violence.