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Conceiving Desire in Lyly and ShakespeareMetaphor, Cognition and Eros$
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Gillian Knoll

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474428521

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474428521.001.0001

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‘You lie, in Faith’: Making Marriage in The Taming of the Shrew

‘You lie, in Faith’: Making Marriage in The Taming of the Shrew

(p.219) Chapter 6 ‘You lie, in Faith’: Making Marriage in The Taming of the Shrew
Conceiving Desire in Lyly and Shakespeare

Gillian Knoll

Edinburgh University Press

The “Desiring is Creating” metaphor in The Taming of the Shrew depends upon the generative power of words as erotic instruments. Petruchio’s blatant lies loosen the connection between words and the world they putatively reflect, and thus create the possibility of a different world—one that, for all that it is a lie, nonetheless can conjure a privately and mutually constituted truth. Or, it can do this if Kate confirms his untruths. Petruchio may believe that he must “tame” Kate if he is to secure her confirmation, but Shakespeare reveals that only their mutual erotic and affective experiences enable them to inhabit the shared reality that becomes their marriage. This shared reality is put to the test in Kate’s problematic final monologue in which she goes it alone, without Petruchio’s poetic flourishes to animate or invigorate her speech. Only when Kate and Petruchio’s words are placed in relation do the lovers generate friction and heat.

Keywords:   The Taming of the Shrew, Instrument, Marriage, Private, Mutuality, Relation, Language, Lies, Affect

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