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The Play Was Always the Thing: Drama’s Effect on Brain Function  [PDF]
Brian H. Hough, Sigmund Hough
Psychology (PSYCH) , 2012, DOI: 10.4236/psych.2012.36064
Abstract: The brain is a mysterious canvas of actualized and unrealized possibilities. As Diane Ackerman notes, “…each person carries around atop the body a complete universe in which trillions of sensations, thoughts, and desires stream.” Brain science remains uncharted territory despite the significant efforts that have been and are being realized to better understand brain and behavior. More than mere coincidence or happenstance, plays like Shakespeare’s famous “Romeo and Juliet” with great storylines, brilliant costumes, and emotional stimulation continue to survive for ages based upon pure artistic excellence that engages the audience in a unique manner. There is a need to more fully understand how our brains process drama and the manner in which like versus dislike are decided. Most important is the factor of longevity and what makes the appealing quality of drama survive over years across cultural and generational shifts. To speak to this question, drama has been shown to have impressive effects on brain activation but remains conservative in highlighting potentially profound implications. Drama has advantageous benefits to health as well as to essential activities such as learning and personal growth. Drama should not remain underrated in terms of its influence on brain function and the relationship between environment and brain.
Hamlet’s Religions
Peter Iver Kaufman
Religions , 2011, DOI: 10.3390/rel2030427
Abstract: Pastoral challenges prompted pietists among Elizabethan Catholics and Calvinists to commend what historians now call an inward turn whereby the faithful, in a sense, become their own confessors. This article suggests that spiritual exercises or soliloquies Shakespeare scripted for his Hamlet (and, less so, for Angelo in Measure for Measure) compare favorably with the devotional literature that underscored the importance of self-analysis, intra-psychic conflict, and contrition. The argument here is not that the playwright’s piety resembled his Hamlet’s but that the latter reflected efforts to structure desire in the religions of the time struggling for survival and recognition. References to passages in Shakespeare plays (act, scene) appear parenthetically in the text. Unless otherwise indicated in the bibliography appended to this article, all early printed material is accessible at the Early English Books database, http://eebo.chadwyck.com/home, verified June 1, 2011.
Aemilia Lanyer and Shakespeare's Helena
Yasmin Arshad
Opticon1826 , 2010, DOI: 10.5334/opt.091002
Abstract: Not much is known about the middle class womenfrom the Elizabethan and Jacobean era who served the aristocracy and lived on its edge. Aemilia Lanyer and Shakespeare’s Helena, a real woman and a dramatic character, are two such women. By considering one of Shakespeare’s female characters alongside a real woman from the period who shared a similar social predicament, much may be learnt about the cultural position of women at the time, the limits upon women’s agency, and the efforts by some women to pursue their aspirations and desires within these limits. By taking this New Historicist approach we may also learn something about Shakespeare in the context of his time. This article will look at Lanyer, who served as a companion to the Countess of Cumberland, and Helena from All’s Well That Ends Well, who was a companion to the Countess Rossillion. It will examine their lives and choices and compare their situation with the aristocratic women they served. The article will look for parallels in the circumstances of all these women.
Shakespeare’s Philosophy: Discovering the meaning Behind the Plays, de McGinn, Colin
Sandra S. F. Erickson
Princípios : Revista de Filosofia , 2008,
Abstract: Resenha do livro "Shakespeare’s Philosophy: Discovering the meaning Behind the Plays [A filosofia de Shakespeare: descobrindo o significado atrás das pe as], de McGinn, Coli. New York: Harper, 2008. 230 páginas
The Turkish Online Journal of Design, Art and Communication , 2013, DOI: 10.7456/10301100/006
Abstract: The analysis of semiology has been previously used in only linguistic analysis but in time it was started to be used to analyse in different ares such as cinema, music, advertising poster etc. In this article, Algirdas Julien Greimas’s the actantial model and narrative curriculum will be discussed who was inspired by narrative science of Vladimir Propp in respect to the structuralism and making up his own analysis method. Considering these facts, William Shakespeare’s play ‘Hamlet’ adaptation is going to be analyzed according to A.J. Greimas’s actantial model.
Shakespeare, nosso estranho = ‘Shakespeare’, our cultural Alien
Alexander Martins Vianna
Acta Scientiarum : Human and Social Sciences , 2008,
Abstract: Este ensaio pretende demonstrar por que as pe as teatrais shakespeareanas foram t o úteis, ao final do século XVIII, para a crítica romantica alem contrária à hegemonia do classicismo francês na defini o do bom gosto e das regras da arte. Este embate cultural também deve ser entendido como uma express o literária da crítica social contra os valores e modo de vida da nobreza alem . Deste embate cultural surgiu uma nova concep o da obra shakespeareana, que é aqui o meu objeto de revis o crítica. This essay intends to show why, at the end of 18th century, Shakespearean plays were so useful to the German romantic literarycriticism, which was opposed to French classicism as a hegemonic regime of taste and rule of art. This cultural dispute must also be understood as a literary expression of social criticism against the German nobility’s values and its regime of social distinction. From this cultural dispute arose a new conception of Shakespeare’s works that is the object of my critical review.
A few Hints yo approach Shakespeare's Works
Garetto L.,Fernando;
Literatura y lingüística , 2003, DOI: 10.4067/S0716-58112003001400008
Abstract: the purpose of this article is to provide some orientation to students of english teaching programs in connection with the reading of the plays and sonnets of the playwright who is considered the master of english literature, william shakespeare. by providing some basic information and encouraging further study prior to approaching any of his plays, this analysis intends to state that shakespeare's plays are not as difficult as they seem to be and, of course, are not something reserved for scholars and literature teachers
Pensieri shakespeariani come leggi dello stato. Letteratura e diritto in Karl Kraus Shakespearean Thoughts as Statutes. Law and Literature in Karl Kraus
Irene Fantappie
Between , 2012,
Abstract: è impossibile comprendere alcunché di Karl Kraus, afferma Walter Benjamin, se non si capisce che nell’opera del grande scrittore viennese tutto ha luogo nella sfera del diritto . In Kraus l’analisi delle questioni giuridiche è inscindibile dalla riflessione sulla letteratura e sul linguaggio. La disamina del diritto muove da un più alto ideale di giustizia fondato sulla lingua, e specularmente il linguaggio possiede una forte valenza ideale e prescrittivo-normativa. Attraverso l’uso della citazione Kraus mette sotto accusa letteratura e giornalismo in nome di un più alto ideale di lingua, mentre nei suoi scritti letterari mette sotto accusa il sistema del diritto in nome di un più alto ideale di giustizia. Scopo del presente saggio è dimostrare, utilizzando un approccio interdisciplinare, che non soltanto Kraus trasforma concetti del diritto in pagine letterarie, ma conferisce alla letteratura – soprattutto a Shakespeare – dignità di testo giuridico. Shakespeare vale per Kraus come principio di poetizzazione del mondo e come ‘enciclopedia’: è capace di fornire categorie di interpretazione del reale eternamente valide. Come paradigma al contempo letterario e giuridico, Shakespeare diventa il punto di fuga utopico tanto della riflessione sulla lingua che di quella sulla giustizia, testimoniando l’inscindibilità, nel pensiero krausiano, della prassi critico-letteraria e della discussione sulle delle strutture del diritto. It is not possible to understand Karl Kraus, claims Walter Benjamin, without assuming that in the oeuvre of the Viennese writer "everything takes place in the sphere of law". In Kraus’s thought legal issues are strongly related to literature and language. His concept of law stems from a higher ideal of ‘justice’; justice is based on language and language has a strong ideal and prescriptive value. Through the use of quotation Kraus charges literature and journalism with betraying language, while on the other hand he charges law with betraying justice. This essay aims at demonstrating trough an interdisciplinary approach that Kraus did not only involve law issues in his literary writings, he also invested some literary works – especially Shakespeare’s plays – with a legal value. In Kraus’s thought Shakespeare is a symbol of consubstantiality between reality and literature, and an 'encyclopedia' providing eternally valid categories. As an ideal paradigm for the interpretation of reality, Shakespeare is the utopian background of Kraus’s reflection on language and justice, bearing witness to the indissolubility, in Kraus’s thought, of literat
Demotic Voices and Popular Complaint in Elizabethan and Early Stuart England
David Cressy
Journal of Early Modern Studies , 2013,
Abstract: Though Shakespeare’s creations are said to be infused by the structures of popular culture, it remains uncertain how closely his characters echo the phrases of everyday speech. The text alone cannot tell us how Shakespeare’s contemporaries talked, or what commoners said of each other or of those in authority above them. Fortunately alternative and complementary sources exist that yield informal and unscripted utterances by ordinary men and women in Elizabethan and early Stuart England. Court reports, depositions, and examinations by magistrates preserve versions of scandalous and transgressive words that were never intended to be recorded. These include the gendered language of insult, expressions of social complaint, and verbal challenges to royal authority. Despite problems of mediation, ventriloquism, and scribal processing, of the sort familiar to literary scholars, these archival traces reveal a vigorous vein of plebeian speech, that can be compared to the ‘speeches’ of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Abundant examples illuminate the popular discursive culture of Shakespeare’s age and environment, and suggest the possibility of building towards a new corpus of demotic and non-literary text that can be compared to the language of the plays.
Shakespeare and the Words of Early Modern Physic: Between Academic and Popular Medicine. A Lexicographical Approach to the Plays
Roberta Mullini
Journal of Early Modern Studies , 2013,
Abstract: The article aims at showing how Shakespeare relied on the medical vocabulary shared by his coeval society, which had, for centuries, been witnessing the continuous process of vernacularization of ancient and medieval scientific texts. After outlining the state of early modern medicine, the author presents and discusses the results of her search for relevant medical terms in nine plays by Shakespeare. In order to do this, a wide range of medical treatises has been analysed (either directly or through specific corpora such as Medieval English Medical Texts, MEMT 2005, and Early Modern English Medical Texts, EMEMT 2010), so as to verify the ancestry or the novelty of Shakespearean medical words. In addition to this, the author has also built a corpus of word types derived from seventeenth-century quack doctors’ handbills, with the purpose of creating a word list of medical terms connected to popular rather than university medicine, comparable with the list drawn out of the Shakespearean plays. The results most stressed in the article concern Shakespeare’s use of medical terminology already well known to his contemporary society (thus confuting the Oxfordian thesis about the impossibility for William Shakespeare the actor to master so many medical words) and the playwright’s skill in transforming – rather than inventing – old popular terms. The article is accompanied by five tables that collect the results of the various lexicographical searches.
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