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Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance

Shakespeare and Conceptual Blending

Cognition, Creativity, Criticism

Authors: Booth, Michael

  • Represents the first account of Shakespeare’s artistry seen through the lens of blending
  • Appeals to scholars working in several disciplines, including Theatre, Literature, Language and Psychology
  • Provides an accessible account of both Shakespeare's work and the cognitive theory of blending
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About this book

This book shows how Shakespeare’s excellence as storyteller, wit and poet reflects the creative process of conceptual blending. Cognitive theory provides a wealth of new ideas that illuminate Shakespeare, even as he illuminates them, and the theory of blending, or conceptual integration, strikingly corroborates and amplifies both classic and current insights of literary criticism. This study explores how Shakespeare crafted his plots by fusing diverse story elements and compressing incidents to strengthen dramatic illusion; considers Shakespeare’s wit as involving sudden incongruities and a reckoning among differing points of view; interrogates how blending generates the “strange meaning” that distinguishes poetic expression; and situates the project in relation to other cognitive literary criticism. This book is of particular significance to scholars and students of Shakespeare and cognitive theory, as well as readers curious about how the mind works.

About the authors

Michael Booth has taught English Literature at Oberlin College, USA and held both teaching and administrative positions at Harvard University, USA.  He has been awarded a Mellon postdoctoral fellowship and a John Carter Brown Library research fellowship, and has published articles in Early Modern Culture and The Yale Journal of Criticism.

Reviews

“This book is a major breakthrough in combining literary theory with cognitive and cognitive-linguistic theories, which Booth uses to illuminate both Shakespeare's genius and our enjoyment of his works. The book will excite literary and cognitive scholars alike.” (Professor Eve Sweetser, University of California, Berkeley, USA)

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eBook £71.50
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-62187-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £89.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-62186-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Shakespeare and Conceptual Blending
Book Subtitle
Cognition, Creativity, Criticism
Authors
Series Title
Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-62187-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-62187-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-62186-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 257
Number of Illustrations and Tables
13 b/w illustrations
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