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Word vs image : cognitive hunger in Shakespeare's England /
Ellen Spolsky.
imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
description
xiv, 240 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0230006310 (hbk.), 9780230006317 (hbk.)
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imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
isbn
0230006310 (hbk.)
9780230006317 (hbk.)
catalogue key
6059277
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 194-225) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Ellen Spolsky is Professor of English at Bar-Ilan University, Israel.
Summaries
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This cognitive study of the Reformationist struggle between word and image argues that Shakespeare contributed to the restoration of cultural sanity by adapting the Italian grotesque style to English needs.
Long Description
Arguing on recent cognitive evidence that reading a Bible is much more difficult for human brains than seeing images, this book exposes the depth and breadth of Protestant theologians' misunderstandings about how people could reform their spiritual lives - how they could literally change their minds. Shakespeare's achievement, accomplished for the English stage by a translation of the Italian grotesque, was to display for audiences battered by years of religious chaos and dread that a loving God was not only in heaven but in full control on earth: His providence was embodied and visible: you didn't have to read it.
Title Summary
"Ignoring the well-studied polemics of the Protestant reformers themselves, and arguing instead from the perspective of the new cognitive literary theory, Word vs Image: Cognitive Hunger in Shakespeare's England exposes the depth and breadth of the reformers' misunderstandings about how people could or could not reform their spiritual lives - how or if they could literally change their minds."--BOOK JACKET.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Arguing on cognitive evidence that reading a Bible is much more difficult for human brains than seeing images, this title explores the depth and breadth of Protestant theologians' misunderstanding about how people could reform their spiritual lives - how they could literally change their minds.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. viii
Prefacep. ix
Word versus Imagep. 1
Building Categories of Material Representation before the Reformationp. 23
Forbidding Images: With Good Reasonp. 56
Building a Literate Mindp. 84
Category Mismatches and Grotesque Representation: Michelangelo's Risen Christ and Shakespeare's Cymbelinep. 118
Genre Categorization: Shakespeare's Lucrece and Trying Againp. 152
Conclusion: Managing Cognitive Hungerp. 185
Notesp. 194
Works Consultedp. 208
Indexp. 226
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