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Shakespeare's Speculative Art, Hardback Book

Shakespeare's Speculative Art Hardback


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:
  • Category: Shakespeare studies & criticism
  • ISBN: 9780230116610

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