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Title Knowing Shakespeare : senses, embodiment and cognition / edited by Lowell Gallagher and Shankar Raman
Published Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 270 pages)
Series Palgrave Shakespeare studies
Palgrave Shakespeare studies.
Contents Macbeth and the perils of conjecture / Sean H. McDowell -- Eying and wording in Cymbeline / Bruce R. Smith -- 'O, she's warm': touch in The winter's tale / Evelyn Tribble -- Falling into extremity / Patricia Cahill -- Roman world, Egyptian earth: cognitive difference in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra / Mary Thomas Crane -- Hamlet in motion / Shankar Raman -- Artifactual knowledge in Hamlet / Howard Marchitello -- 'Rich eyes and poor hands': theaters of early modern experience / Adam Rzepka -- 'Repeat to me the words of the echo': listening to The tempest / Allison Kay Deutermann -- Mind the gaps: the ear, the eye, and the senses of a woman in Much ado about nothing / Diana E. Henderson
Summary Knowing Shakespeare describes the rich variance of embodied and sensory perception in early modern culture. The volume's cross-disciplinary emphasis enhances understanding of the 'sense' of sensing in Shakespeare's idiom by bringing schemes from early modern natural philosophy and rhetorical arts into critical conversation with concepts drawn from historical phenomenology, cognitive science and trauma theory. Collectively the essays, many of which are written by leading Shakespeare scholars, detail the range of issues; social, political, ethical, and aesthetic--to be found in the theatrical performance of diverse and sometimes competing languages and gestures of embodied, sensory perception on Shakespeare's stage. An important investment of many of the essays is to demonstrate how neglected legacies of philosophical scepticism and materialist developments in phenomenological thought shed light on the performative range of gender as embodied and voiced in Shakespeare's dramaturgy. The scope of the volume thus presents a timely survey of recent and innovative thinking about the critical role of the senses in Shakespeare
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Senses and sensation in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Gallagher, Lowell, 1953-
Raman, Shankar.
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ISBN 0230299091 (electronic bk.)
9780230299092 (electronic bk.)