Re-cognising the body-mind in Shakespeare's theatre [Introduction]

Johnson, Laurie and Sutton, John and Tribble, Evelyn (2014) Re-cognising the body-mind in Shakespeare's theatre [Introduction]. In: Embodied cognition and Shakespeare's theatre: the early modern body-mind. Routledge Studies in Shakespeare (10). Taylor & Francis (Routledge), Abingdon, OX. United Kingdom, pp. 1-12. ISBN 978-1-13800075-9

Abstract

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.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
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Additional Information: © 2014 Taylor & Francis. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2015 03:07
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2018 03:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: Shakespeare; extended mind; body-mind problem; Renaissance; theatre
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200524 Comparative Literature Studies
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190404 Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220312 Philosophy of Cognition
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4324/9780203796160
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26608

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