1st Edition

Shakespeare and Cognition
Aristotle's Legacy and Shakespearean Drama

ISBN 9780415977531
Published July 11, 2006 by Routledge
184 Pages

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Book Description

Shakespeare and Cognition examines the essential relationship between vision, knowledge, and memory in Renaissance models of cognition as seen in Shakespeare's plays. Drawing on both Aristotle's Metaphysics and contemporary cognitive literary theory, Arthur F. Kinney explores five key objects/images in Shakespeare's plays – crowns, bells, rings, graves and ghosts – that are not actually seen (or, in the case of the latter, not meant to be seen), but are central to the imagination of both the playwright and the playgoers.


'Shakespeare and Cognition is a fascinating and wide-ranging examination of why his plays, whilst rooted in the late sixteenth-early seventeenth century, have retained their appeal for four centuries.' - British Theatre Guide