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Shakespeare's Brain : Reading with Cognitive Theory - Professor Mary Thomas Crane

Shakespeare's Brain

Reading with Cognitive Theory

Paperback Published: 5th November 2000
ISBN: 9780691069920
Number Of Pages: 288

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Here Mary Thomas Crane considers the brain as a site where body and culture meet to form the subject and its expression in language. Taking Shakespeare as her case study, she boldly demonstrates the explanatory power of cognitive theory--a theory which argues that language is produced by a reciprocal interaction of body and environment, brain and culture, and which refocuses attention on the role of the author in the making of meaning. Crane reveals in Shakespeare's texts a web of structures and categories through which meaning is created. The approach yields fresh insights into a wide range of his plays, including "The Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Measure for Measure, " and "The Tempest."

Crane's cognitive reading traces the complex interactions of cultural and cognitive determinants of meaning as they play themselves out in Shakespeare's texts. She shows how each play centers on a word or words conveying multiple meanings (such as "act," "pinch," "pregnant," "villain and clown"), and how each cluster has been shaped by early modern ideological formations. The book also chronicles the playwright's developing response to the material conditions of subject formation in early modern England. Crane reveals that Shakespeare in his comedies first explored the social spaces within which the subject is formed, such as the home, class hierarchy, and romantic courtship. His later plays reveal a greater preoccupation with how the self is formed within the body, as the embodied mind seeks to make sense of and negotiate its physical and social environment.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction Shakespeare's Brain: Embodying the Author-Functionp. 3
No Space Like Home: The Comedy of Errorsp. 36
Theatrical Practice and the Ideologies of Status in As You Like Itp. 67
Twelfth Night: Suitable Suits and the Cognitive Space Betweenp. 94
Cognitive Hamlet and the Name of Actionp. 116
Male Pregnancy and Cognitive Permeability in Measure for Measurep. 156
Sound and Space in The Tempestp. 178
Notesp. 211
Indexp. 257
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ISBN: 9780691069920
ISBN-10: 0691069921
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 5th November 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.44 x 15.39  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.36