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288 Pages

9.21 x 6.14 inches

ISBN: 9781474428521

Bookseller Code (06)

Conceiving Desire in Lyly and Shakespeare

Metaphor, Cognition and Eros

Gillian Knoll

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Edinburgh Critical Studies in Shakespeare and Philosophy

  • Advances a new critical methodology that credits the role of cognition in the experience of erotic desire, and pleasure itself
  • Explores the philosophical underpinnings of erotic metaphors, drawing from ancient, early modern, and contemporary thinkers such as Aristotle, Giordano Bruno, Gaston Bachelard, Emmanuel Levinas, Kenneth Burke, George Lakoff, and Mark Turner
  • Illuminates the dramatic vitality of philosophical and contemplative erotic speech
  • Provides the first full-length study that pairs John Lyly's and William Shakespeare's drama, uncovering new forms of intimacy in their plays