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Shakespeare's Brain : Reading with Cognitive Theory

Author: Mary Thomas Crane
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2010] ©2001
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : English : Course BookView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Case studies
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Thomas Crane
ISBN: 9781400824007 1400824001
OCLC Number: 1054880066
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction. Shakespeare’s Brain: Embodying the Author-Function --
Chapter 1. No Space Like Home: The Comedy of Errors --
Chapter 2. Theatrical Practice and the Ideologies of Status in As You Like It --
Chapter 3. Twelfth Night: Suitable Suits and the Cognitive Space Between --
Chapter 4. Cognitive Hamlet and the Name of Action --
Chapter 5. Male Pregnancy and Cognitive Permeability in Measure for Measure --
Chapter 6. Sound and Space in The Tempest --
Notes --
Index
Responsibility: Mary Thomas Crane.
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Abstract:

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.

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