Make me not sighted like the Basilisk: vision and contagion in The Winter's Tale

Chalk, Darryl (2014) Make me not sighted like the Basilisk: vision and contagion in The Winter's Tale. 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. 111-132. ISBN 978-1-138-00075-9

Abstract

This chapter offers a potential resolution to two of the most vexing issues in a play that has been particularly troubling for many critics: the inexplicably sudden jealousy of Leontes and the perhaps equally perplexing – and arguably no less sudden – death of Mamillius. I suggest that both of these events can be understood in relation to theories of cognition and the passions at this time that construct the body-mind as vulnerable to pathogenic infiltration by images through its key sensory facility: the eyes. The Winter's Tale thus stages an example of contagion by image in its opening scenes.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright 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: 11 Mar 2015 23:41
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2018 03:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: Jacobean theatre; diseases of the mind; mental health; body language; jealousy; cognition
Fields of Research : 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190404 Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200526 Stylistics and Textual Analysis
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200525 Literary Theory
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26873

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