Shakespeare's Speculative Art

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230116610
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/16/2011
  • 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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Table of Contents

Speculative Understanding and Ignorance in Troilus and Cressida, Julius Caesar, and Macbeth
• Holding Up Drama as an “Ideal” Mirror in Hamlet and The Life of King Henry the Fifth
• Mirroring Queen Elizabeth in John Lyly’s Comedies
• Mirroring Queen Elizabeth in Love’s Labor’s Lost
• A Speculative Political Allegory in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
• Mirroring the Earl of Southampton in All’s Well That Ends Well 

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