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Shakespeare and Cognition

Aristotle's Legacy and Shakespearean Drama, 1st Edition

By Arthur F. Kinney

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184 pages

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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.

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'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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT015000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Shakespeare