Shakespeare's Entrails: Belief, Scepticism and the Interior of the Body

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David Hillman's new book focuses on a vital area of contemporary Renaissance scholarship - that of Early Modern notions of embodiment and selfhood. The book imagines the Shakespearean corpus from the inside out: it explores the preoccupation with the body's interior spaces in several of Shakespeare's plays, focussing on how these plays address questions of knowledge and acknowledgement: on the ways characters imagine being within the body of ...

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Overview

David Hillman's new book focuses on a vital area of contemporary Renaissance scholarship - that of Early Modern notions of embodiment and selfhood. The book imagines the Shakespearean corpus from the inside out: it explores the preoccupation with the body's interior spaces in several of Shakespeare's plays, focussing on how these plays address questions of knowledge and acknowledgement: on the ways characters imagine being within the body of the other, or having one's own body inhabited or possessed by another.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403942678
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/3/2007
  • Series: Palgrave Shakespeare Studies Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Dobson is an award-winning game designer and co-author of Fox on the Rhine and Fox at the Front. He served as a member of the team that built the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.
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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
Acknowledgements     x
Visceral Knowledge     1
Introduction     1
Early modern bodies     3
Psychoanalytic enclosures     11
A brief history of entrails     15
Topographies of doubt and belief     23
Dissecting anatomy     32
Religious entrails     36
Staging guts     40
Shakespeare's entrails     47
Descartes and the scene of scepticism     54
The Gastric Epic: Troilus and Cressida     59
The Matter of Troy     59
The satirist and the cannibal     66
Cannibalism and silence     75
The Inward Man: Hamlet     81
The closing of the father     87
The eating of the father     95
Hamlet's 'Nerosis'     102
Aporia     109
The Body Possessed: King Lear     119
Exorcisms     122
Inhabitations     129
Possessions     136
Dispossessions     144
No Barricado for a Belly: The Winter's Tale     153
'No bourn'     153
'In the between'     164
Coda     171
Notes     173
Bibliography     233
Index     253
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