Vision and Rhetoric in Shakespeare: Looking through Language

Vision and Rhetoric in Shakespeare: Looking through Language

by A. Thorne


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Vision and Rhetoric in Shakespeare: Looking through Language by A. Thorne

This major new interdisciplinary study argues that Shakespeare exploited long-established connections between vision, space and language in order to construct rhetorical equivalents for visual perspective. Through a detailed comparison of art and poetic theory in Italy and England, Thorne shows how perspective was appropriated by English writers, who reinterpreted it to suit their own literary concerns and cultural context. Focusing on five Shakespearean plays, she situates their preoccupation with issues of viewpoint in relation to a range of artistic forms and topics from miniatures to masques.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312226572
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 12/01/2000
Edition description: 2000
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

About the Author

Alison Thorne is Lecturer in English Studies at the University of Strathclyde.

Table of Contents

• Alberti, As You Like It and the Process of Invention
• English Beholders and the Art of Perspective
Ut Pictura Poesis and the Rhetoric of Perspective
Hamlet and the Art of Looking Diversely on the Self
Troilus and Cressida, "Imagin'd Worth" and the "Bifold Authority" of Anamorphosis
Antony and Cleopatra and the Art of Dislimning
The Tempest and the Art of Masque

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