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Tragic Cognition in Shakespeare's Othello

Paul Cefalu

DOI: 10.5040/9781474220477

ISBN: 9781472523464

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How can recent theories of cognition inform our understanding of Shakespeare's characters?

Trgaic Cognition in Shakespeare's Othello looks at how such theories can enhance our perception of Iago and Othello, as well as enrich the play's complex accounts of empathy, intentionality, and tragedy. Paul Cefalu argues that Shakespearean characters raise timely questions about the relationship between cognition and consciousness and often defy our assumptions about “normal” cognition. The book will appeal to scholars and students interested in both the virtues and limitations of cognitive literary criticism.

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