Shakespeare's Speculative Art

Hardcover | July 15, 2011

byMaurice A. Hunt, Maurice A Hunt

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This is the first book-length analysis of Shakespeare’s depiction of specula (mirrors) to reveal the literal and allegorical functions of mirrors in the playwright’s art and thought. Adding a new dimension to the plays Troilus and Cressida, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Hamlet, King Henry the Fifth, Love’s Labor’s Lost, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and All’s Well That Ends Well, Maurice A. Hunt also references mirrors in a wide range of external sources, from the Bible to demonic practices. Looking at the concept of speculation through its multiple meanings—cognitive, philosophical, hypothetical, and provisional—this original reading suggests Shakespeare as a craftsman so prescient and careful in his art that he was able to criticize the queen and a former patron with such impunity that he could still live as a gentleman.

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This is the first book-length analysis of Shakespeare’s depiction of specula (mirrors) to reveal the literal and allegorical functions of mirrors in the playwright’s art and thought. Adding a new dimension to the plays Troilus and Cressida, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Hamlet, King Henry the Fifth, Love’s Labor’s Lost, A Midsummer Night’s D...

Maurice Hunt is a Research Professor of English at Baylor University. He is the author of Shakespeare’s Romance of the Word, Shakespeare’s Labored Art, Shakespeare’s Religious Allusiveness: Its Play and Tolerance, Shakespeare’s As You Like It: Late Elizabethan Culture and Literary Representation, and over one hundred articles on Shake...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.59 × 5.78 × 0.82 inPublished:July 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230116612

ISBN - 13:9780230116610

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Speculative Understanding and Ignorance in Troilus and Cressida, Julius Caesar, and Macbeth * Holding Up Drama as an “Ideal” Mirror in Hamlet and The Life of King Henry the Fifth * Mirroring Queen Elizabeth in John Lyly’s Comedies * Mirroring Queen Elizabeth in Love’s Labor’s Lost * A Speculative Political Allegory in A Midsummer Night’s Dream * Mirroring the Earl of Southampton in All’s Well That Ends Well