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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 263 pages, VII, 263 p.
- Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
- Publication Date: 13/07/2011
- Category: Shakespeare studies & criticism
- ISBN: 9780230116610
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