When Hamlet complains that Guildenstern 'would pluck out the heart of my mystery,' he imagines an encounter that recurs insistently in the discourses of early modern England: the struggle by one man to discover the secrets in another's heart. Elizabeth Hanson examines the records of state torture, plays by Shakespeare and Jonson, 'cony-catching' pamphlets and Francis Bacon's philosophical writing to demonstrate a reconceptualising of the 'subject' in both the political and philosophical sense of the term.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture Series , #24|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)|
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. Torture and truth; 2. Brothers of the state; 3. Authors and others; 4. Francis Bacon and the discovering subject; Notes.