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The Heart in the Age of Shakespeare - William W. E. Slights

The Heart in the Age of Shakespeare

Paperback Published: 11th August 2011
ISBN: 9781107402768
Number Of Pages: 218

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When Hamlet says he 'wears' Horatio in his 'heart of hearts', he is claiming that the strongest bonds between people are forged, stored, and understood in the heart. The Heart in the Age of Shakespeare sets out to trace the sources and subsequent impact of Hamlet's conviction. The 2008 book presents the case that by studying the interlocking anatomical, religious, and literary discourses of the heart between 1550 and 1650 we can open a new window on the culture that produced such works as The Faerie Queene, Catholic and Protestant emblem books, George Herbert's lyrics, and William Harvey's treatise on the circulation of the blood. By crossing several disciplinary boundaries and combining the material with the metaphorical, the book identifies a complex set of cardiological concerns in the dramatic works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

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Review of the hardback: 'The book is nicely presented in clear type with 25 matt illustrations including diagrams from Vesalius and Leonardo da Vinci. There is a full bibliography and a well set out index.' The Historical Association
'This is a wonderfully erudite book, the product of a distinguished scholarly career ...' R. W. Maslen, Nieuwe Tijd
"Slights maintains a keen interdisciplinary focus throughout his monograph and, in the end, succeeds in giving context and shape to ''this enigmatic organ'" -LINDA K. NEIBERG,The Graduate Center, The City University of New York

A window on the heart
Reading the graphic heart
The organ of affection and motion, truth and conflict
The narrative heart of the Renaissance
'My heart upon my sleeve': early modern interiority, anatomy, and villainy
Shakespeare and the cardiocentric self
Conclusion: the heart of hearts
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ISBN: 9781107402768
ISBN-10: 110740276X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 218
Published: 11th August 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 14.61  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.32

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