This book seeks to explore interpersonal interactions from a pragmatic perspective. The four case studies here presented – drawn from English Restoration drama and contemporary Anglophone audio-visual products – shed light on the way characters manage face-to-face interaction in accordance with their personal goals and the context where the actions take place. The qualitative analyses draw from multiple methods; special attention is devoted to the concept of “face” and im/polite language.
Valentina Rossi is an adjunct professor of English Literature and English Language and Translation at the eCampus University of Novedrate (Italy
She completed a PhD in English Literature at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. Her research interests span pragmatics, translation as well as early modern drama and Shakespearian adaptations. Her recent publications include a monograph on the Italian staging of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra from the second half of the Nineteenth century to 2015 (Carocci, 2020) and the essays “All for Love. Il vendicatore inadeguato in The Mourning Bride di William Congreve” (Testo&Senso, 2019) and “A Mirror for Magistrates. Etica e prassi del potere in Antony and Cleopatra di William Shakespeare” (Intersezioni, 2021). She is co-founder of the TrAdE Research Group.