Shakespeare's Speculative Art

Shakespeare's Speculative Art

by Maurice A. Hunt
     
 

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This is the first book-length analysis of Shakespeare's depiction of specula (mirrors) to reveal the literal and allegorical functions of mirrors in the playwright's art and thought. Adding a new dimension to the plays Troilus and Cressida, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Hamlet, King Henry the Fifth, Love's Labor's Lost, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and All's Well That Ends… See more details below

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This is the first book-length analysis of Shakespeare's depiction of specula (mirrors) to reveal the literal and allegorical functions of mirrors in the playwright's art and thought. Adding a new dimension to the plays Troilus and Cressida, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Hamlet, King Henry the Fifth, Love's Labor's Lost, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and All's Well That Ends Well, Maurice A. Hunt also references mirrors in a wide range of external sources, from the Bible to demonic practices. Looking at the concept of speculation through its multiple meanings - cognitive, philosophical, hypothetical, and provisional - this original reading suggests Shakespeare as a craftsman so prescient and careful in his art that he was able to criticize the queen and a former patron with such impunity that he could still live as a gentleman.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230116610
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
08/16/2011
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Maurice Hunt is a Research Professor of English at Baylor University. He is the author of Shakespeare’s Romance of the Word, Shakespeare’s Labored Art, Shakespeare’s Religious Allusiveness: Its Play and Tolerance, Shakespeare’s As You Like It: Late Elizabethan Culture and Literary Representation, and over one hundred articles on Shakespeare and other English Renaissance writers.

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