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Shakespeare Thinking

Shakespeare Thinking
Your Price: $25.95 CDN
Author: Philip Davis
Publisher: Continuum
Series: Shakespeare Now!
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 105
Pub. Date: 2009
ISBN-10: 0826486959
ISBN-13: 9780826486950

About the Book:

The works of Shakespeare are rocket-boosters to the brain and better therapy than self-help books.

Shakespearean thinking is always dynamic: thinking that happens in the living moment of its performance, in quickly passing process. This book offers a model of human mentality that can be shown through the dense immediacy of dramatic thinking, as embodied above all in Shakespeare's working method.

Shakespeare Thinking discusses the positioning of Shakespeare as the paradigm of fully human mental creativity from the Romantics to the latest neurological experiments which show that Shakespeare can reveal new understandings of the hard-wiring of the human brain, and the sheer sudden electricity of its synaptic development.

What people say:

"Shakespeare Thinking is a powerful plea for criticism to engage afresh with Shakespeare's language as the 'quick forge' of a vision that defies paraphrase or synopsis. An urgent, absorbing polemic and a compelling quest to crack the plays' unique poetic code." — Professor Kiernan Ryan, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

"In Davis' hands these ideas prove utterly exhilarating... This book is essential reading." — Studies in English Literature

"Philip Davis' Shakespeare Thinking proposes that Shakespeare's poetry functions like a 'Renaissance brain scanner': his line-endings are a 'form of slow-motion eye-map for actors' voices that offer deep insight into the working of the human brain.' This may sound fanciful, but Davis is such a gifted close reader of the ebb and flow of Shakespearean language that he persuades us he is really on to something." — The Sunday Telegraph

"Davis offers a series of intricately realized and highly satisfying close readings of Shakespearean language and character....offers one of the more productive of the many recent encounters between literary criticism and neuroscience. The emphasis on the dynamic, on connections and the 'movement between' static locations is a valuable antidote to the reductive localization that sometimes makes vulgar versions of neuroscience resemble a new phrenology...good grounds for optimism about the new dialogue between literary criticism and neuroscience because the are interested in genuine dialogue between the two cultures...there are old things which Shakespeare can teach to brain scientists." — Journal of Neurology

About the Author:

Philip Davis is a Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool. He is the author of Shakespeare Thinking.