Shakespearean Neuroplay: Reinvigorating the Study of Dramatic Texts and Performance through Cognitive Science by A. CookShakespearean Neuroplay: Reinvigorating the Study of Dramatic Texts and Performance through Cognitive Science by A. Cook

Shakespearean Neuroplay: Reinvigorating the Study of Dramatic Texts and Performance through…

byA. Cook

Hardcover | October 15, 2010

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Using Shakespeare's Hamlet as a test subject and cognitive linguistic theory of conceptual blending as a tool, Cook unravels the 'mirror held up to nature' at the center of Shakespeare's play and provides a methodology for applying cognitive science to the study of drama.
AMY COOK is Assistant Professor of Theatre and History, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.
Title:Shakespearean Neuroplay: Reinvigorating the Study of Dramatic Texts and Performance through…Format:HardcoverDimensions:218 pagesPublished:October 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230105475

ISBN - 13:9780230105478

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Table of Contents

Who's there? Linguistic Synaesthesia Mirror | Mirror; Mirror | rorriM A Cognitive Linguistic Reading of Hamlet's Meaning Superflux Play's the Thing - A cognitive Linguistic Performance Analysis Past/Future, Microscope/Telescope, Performance/Science Conclusion: A Dying Voice

Editorial Reviews

'Cogent, well-researched, and well-written a heartfelt and compelling argument for the importance of a harmonization of art and science on both sides of the disciplinary divide.' Theatre Survey"A rare book that adds new dimensions to our understanding of theatre, literature, and the human mind. Cook's remarkably original approach offers deep insights presented with striking clarity and elegance." - Gilles Fauconnier, Distinguished Research Professor of Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego, USA"Shakespearean Neuroplay is an important contribution to theatre and performance studies. Rigorously engaging current cognitive studies, Cook offers nuanced and sometimes surprising insights into Shakespeare (particularly Hamlet) that are of use not only to scholars, but also to directors and actors. Integrating cognitive linguistics, literary studies, performance theory, theatre history, and Shakespeare studies, Cook's approach to Shakespeare provides a rich meditation on how our minds work in relationship to language, imagery, and embodiment, and how, on the most basic human level, we understand and experience theatre." - Rhonda Blair, Professor of Theatre, Southern Methodist University, USA and President of the American Society for Theatre Research"This is a startlingly original and courageous exploration of cognitive blending theory and its usefulness for understanding the epistemological complexities of Shakespeare's Hamlet, in both text and performance. Cook offers a comprehensive reading of Hamlet's resonant mirror metaphor that extends the traditional rhetorics common to both literary criticism and theatre studies toward the cognitive-linguistic dynamics underlying both. Utilizing Cook's rare combination of experience in theatrical production, her expertise in Shakespeare studies, and her ground-up familiarity with the emerging field of cognitive performance theory, this study vigorously participates in ongoing reconfigurations across the disciplines that are now enabled perhaps even necessitated by embodiment studies in the humanities." - F. Elizabeth Hart, Associate Professor of English, University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA and co-editor of Performance and Cognition