Embodied cognition and Shakespeare's theatre: the early modern body-mind

Edited book

Johnson, Laurie, Sutton, John and Tribble, Evelyn (ed.) 2014. Embodied cognition and Shakespeare's theatre: the early modern body-mind. United Kingdom. Routledge.
Book Title

Embodied cognition and Shakespeare's theatre: the early modern body-mind

Book CategoryEdited book
ERA Publisher ID3137
EditorsJohnson, Laurie, Sutton, John and Tribble, Evelyn
Number of Pages268
SeriesRoutledge Studies in Shakespeare
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203796160
Web Address (URL)https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/edit/10.4324/9780203796160/embodied-cognition-shakespeare-theatre-laurie-johnson-john-sutton-evelyn-tribble

This collection considers issues that have emerged in Early Modern Studies in the past fifteen years relating to understandings of mind and body in Shakespeare’s world. Informed by The Body in Parts, the essays in this book respond also to the notion of an early modern ‘body-mind’ in which Shakespeare and his contemporaries are understood in terms of bodily parts and cognitive processes. What might the impact of such understandings be on our picture of Shakespeare’s theatre or on our histories of the early modern period, broadly speaking? This book provides a wide range of approaches to this challenge, covering histories of cognition, studies of early modern stage practices, textual studies, and historical phenomenology, as well as new cultural histories by some of the key proponents of this approach at the present time. Because of the breadth of material covered, full weight is given to issues that are hotly debated at the present time within Shakespeare Studies: presentist scholarship is presented alongside more historically-focused studies, for example, and phenomenological studies of material culture are included along with close readings of texts. What the contributors have in common is a refusal to read the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries either psychologically or materially; instead, these essays address a willingness to study early modern phenomena (like the Elizabethan stage) as manifesting an early modern belief in the embodiment of cognition.

KeywordsShakespeare; Renaissance; cognition; body-mind problem; theatre; embodiment
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470507. Comparative and transnational literature
500312. Philosophy of cognition
Public Notes

Copyright 2014 Taylor & Francis.

Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Byline AffiliationsSchool of Arts and Communication
Macquarie University
University of Otago, New Zealand
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