Shakespeare's Brain by Professor Mary Thomas Crane
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Shakespeare's Brain
By Professor Mary Thomas Crane

Shakespeare's Brain

Reading with Cognitive Theory

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Shakespeare's Brain by Professor Mary Thomas Crane

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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691069920
ISBN-10: 0691069921
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 16-Oct-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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