Embodied Cognition and Shakespeare's Theatre
The Early Modern Body-Mind
Edited by Laurence Johnson, John Sutton, Evelyn Tribble
To Be Published December 15th 2013 by Routledge – 256 pages
Series: Routledge Studies in Shakespeare
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.
Introduction: Re-cognizing the Body-Mind in Shakespeare’s Theatre Laurie Johnson, John Sutton, and Evelyn Tribble 1. Shakespeare, Bacon, and the Torture of Nature David Hawkes 2. Theatre and the Human Brain Ros King [Linking Segment] Garrett Sullivan 3. Why You Just Don’t Like Prince Hal: Warmth and Affection in 1Henry IV Emma Firestone 4. "Some fury pricks me on": Satanic Thinking in Thomas Heywood’s A Woman Killed With Kindness Mary Floyd-Wilson 5. "Make Me Not Sighted like the Basilisk": Vision and Contagion in The Winter’s Tale Darryl Chalk [Linking Segment] Michael Schoenfeldt 6. Singularity in The Winter’s Tale Hardin Aasand 7. Mental Bodies in Much Ado About Nothing James A. Knapp 8. Embodying Desire in Anthony and Cleopatra Rachel McPherson [Linking Segment] Katherine Rowe [TBC] 9. Coriolanus’s Blush Tiffany Hoffman 10. "There’s Magic in the Web of It": Skin, Mind, and Webs of Touch in Othello Jennifer McDermott 11. From iGlobe to iMax: Consciousness and the Structures of Entertainment Clifford Werier [Linking Segment] Jonathan Gil Harris [TBC] 12. Cogito Ergo Theatrum: Redistributing Cognition on the Early Modern Stage Laurie Johnson 13. Shakespeare’s Second Brain: The Belly-Mind Relationship in Early Modern Culture Jan Purnis [Postscriptum] David Hillman and Carla Mazzio
Laurie Johnson is Associate Professor in English and Cultural Studies at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.
John Sutton is Professor in the Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University, Australia.
Evelyn Tribble is Professor in the Department of English at the University of Otago, New Zealand.