Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance

Movement in Renaissance Literature

Exploring Kinesic Intelligence

Editors: Banks, Kathryn, Chesters, Timothy (Eds.)

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  • Pioneers a rich new scholarly approach of applying kensic intelligence theories to Renaissance texts
  • Presents a range of Renaissance writers and thinkers including Shakespeare, Montaigne, and Scève
  • Utilizes theories of psychology, philosophy, neuroscience, and literary analysis
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This book investigates how writers and readers of Renaissance literature deployed ‘kinesic intelligence’, a combination of pre-reflective bodily response and reflective interpretation. Through analyses of authors including Petrarch, Rabelais, and Shakespeare, the book explores how embodied cognition, historical context, and literary style interact to generate and shape responses to texts. It suggests that what was reborn in the Renaissance was partly a critical sense of the capacities and complexities of bodily movement. The linguistic ingenuity of humanism set bodies in motion in complex and paradoxical ways. Writers engaged anew with the embodied grounding of language, prompting readers to deploy sensorimotor attunement. Actors shaped their bodies according to kinesic intelligence molded by theatrical experience and skill, provoking audiences to respond to their most subtle movements. An approach grounded in kinesic intelligence enables us to re-examine metaphor, rhetoric, ethics, gender, and violence. The book will appeal to scholars and students of English, French, and Italian Renaissance literature and to researchers in the cognitive humanities, cognitive sciences, and theatre studies. 

About the authors

Kathryn Banks is Associate Professor of French at Durham University, UK. She is the author of Cosmos and Image in the Renaissance (2008) and has published essays on Rabelais, sixteenth-century poets, apocalyptic writing, Chrétien de Troyes, and cognitive approaches to literature. She was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2013. 

 

Timothy Chesters is University Lecturer in Sixteenth-Century French Studies and a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, UK. He is the author of Ghost Stories in Late Renaissance France: Walking by Night (2011). He has also published on Rabelais, Ronsard, Montaigne, and Flaubert, and on cognitive approaches to literature. 

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Banks, Kathryn (et al.)

    Pages 1-12

  • Chiastic Cognition: Kinesic Intelligence Between the Reflective and the Pre-reflective in Montaigne and Scève

    Cave, Terence

    Pages 13-30

  • Turning Toward the Beloved (Virgil, Petrarch, Scève)

    Langer, Ullrich

    Pages 31-53

  • Scève’s Denominal Verbs

    Chesters, Timothy

    Pages 55-79

  • Metaphor, Lexicography, and Rabelais’s Prologue to Gargantua

    Banks, Kathryn

    Pages 81-107

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Movement in Renaissance Literature
Book Subtitle
Exploring Kinesic Intelligence
Editors
  • Kathryn Banks
  • Timothy Chesters
Series Title
Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-69200-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-69200-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-69199-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-88729-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 249
Number of Illustrations
4 illustrations in colour
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