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Shakespeare and the mismeasure of Renaissance man

Shakespeare and the mismeasure of Renaissance man

Author: Paula Blank
Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"With special attention to the Sonnets, Measure for Measure, Merchant of Venice, Othello, King Lear, and Hamlet, Paula Blank argues that Shakespeare, in his experiments with measurement, demonstrates the incommensurability of the aims and operations of quantification with human experience."--Jacket.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paula Blank
ISBN: 0801444756 9780801444753
OCLC Number: 64397800
Awards: Winner of A Main Selection of The Readers' Subscription.
Description: 214 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The Renaissance art of measurement --
Poetic numbers and Shakespeare's "lines of life" --
Pounds of flesh : race relations in the Venice plays --
Shakespeare's social arithmetics : checking the math of King Lear --
The Lesbian rule of Measure for measure --
How smart is Hamlet? : Shakespeare and Renaissance "intelligence testing."
Responsibility: Paula Blank.
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Shakespeare's poems and plays are rich in reference to "measure, number, and weight," which were the key terms of an early modern empirical and quantitative imagination. Shakespeare's investigation  Read more...


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