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Phantasmatic Shakespeare [electronic resource] : Imagination in the Age of Early Modern Science / Suparna Roychoudhury.

Author/Creator:
Roychoudhury, Suparna, author.
Publication:
Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press, [2018]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource : 8 black and white halftones
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Imagination in literature.
Literature and science -- England -- History -- 16th century.
Literature and science -- England -- History -- 17th century.
Science in literature.
Language:
In English.
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Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
Representations of the mind have a central place in Shakespeare's artistic imagination, as we see in Bottom struggling to articulate his dream, Macbeth reaching for a dagger that is not there, and Prospero humbling his enemies with spectacular illusions. Phantasmatic Shakespeare examines the intersection between early modern literature and early modern understandings of the mind's ability to perceive and imagine. Suparna Roychoudhury argues that Shakespeare's portrayal of the imagination participates in sixteenth-century psychological discourse and reflects also how fields of anatomy, medicine, mathematics, and natural history jolted and reshaped conceptions of mentality. Although the new sciences did not displace the older psychology of phantasms, they inflected how Renaissance natural philosophers and physicians thought and wrote about the brain's image-making faculty. The many hallucinations, illusions, and dreams scattered throughout Shakespeare's works exploit this epistemological ferment, deriving their complexity from the ambiguities raised by early modern science.Phantasmatic Shakespeare considers aspects of imagination that were destabilized during Shakespeare's period-its place in the brain; its legitimacy as a form of knowledge; its pathologies; its relation to matter, light, and nature-reading these in concert with canonical works such as King Lear, Macbeth, and The Tempest. Shakespeare, Roychoudhury shows, was influenced by paradigmatic epistemic shifts of his time, and he in turn demonstrated how the mysteries of cognition could be the subject of powerful art.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Theseus, Phantasia, and the Scientific Renaissance
Chapter 1. Between Heart and Eye Anatomies of Imagination in the Sonnets
Chapter 2. Children of Fancy Academic Idleness and Love's Labor's Lost
Chapter 3. Of Atoms, Air, and Insects: Mercutio's Vain Fantasy
Chapter 4. Seeming to See: King Lear's Mental Optics
Chapter 5. Melancholy, Ecstasy, Phantasma The Pathologies of Macbeth
Chapter 6. Chimeras Natural History and the Shapes of The Tempest
Epilogue The Rude Fantasticals
Bibliography
Index
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 23. Nov 2018)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9781501726569
Publisher Number:
10.7591/9781501726569 doi
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Restricted for use by site license.