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Vision and Rhetoric in Shakespeare : Looking through Language - Alison Thorne

Vision and Rhetoric in Shakespeare

Looking through Language

Hardcover Published: 1st August 2000
ISBN: 9780333659397
Number Of Pages: 290

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This major new interdisciplinary study argues that Shakespeare exploited long-established connections between vision, space and language in order to construct rhetorical equivalents for visual perspective. Through a detailed comparison of art and poetic theory in Italy and England, Thorne shows how perspective was appropriated by English writers, who reinterpreted it to suit their own literary concerns and cultural context. Focusing on five Shakespearean plays, she situates their preoccupation with issues of viewpoint in relation to a range of artistic forms and topics from miniatures to masques.

'There is much to admire in Vision and Rhetoric in Shakespeare, especially the chapter on Hamlet.' - Times Literarary Supplement

'...a scrupulously argued book...an extensive analysis of English and Italian aesthetic theory.' - Andrew Hadfield, Times Literary Supplement

List of Platesp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. x
Bibliographical Notep. xi
Prefacep. xii
Alberti, As You Like It, and the Process of Inventionp. 1
English Beholders and the Art of Perspectivep. 32
Ut Pictura Poesis and the Rhetoric of Perspectivep. 57
Hamlet and the Art of Looking Diversely on the Selfp. 104
Troilus and Cressida, 'Imagin'd Worth' and the 'Bifold Authority' of Anamorphosisp. 134
Antony and Cleopatra and the Art of Dislimningp. 166
The Tempest and the Art of Masquep. 198
Notesp. 226
Select Bibliographyp. 273
Indexp. 285
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ISBN: 9780333659397
ISBN-10: 0333659392
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 290
Published: 1st August 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 12.7  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1