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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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Introduction

Introduction

Erotic Subject, Object, Instrument

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(p.171) Introduction
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Conceiving Desire in Lyly and Shakespeare
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Gillian Knoll

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474428521.003.0011

Part III studies characters who conceive of desire as a dynamic process of mutual creation. These introductory pages explore the world-making capacities of the metaphor ‘Love is a Collaborative Work of Art,’ which conceptualises love as artfully creating a reality. This creative process often invites a third entity—a filter, a buffer, or an instrument—that mediates between the subject and object of desire. When Kenneth Burke writes about the role of instruments in daily life, he emphasises the instrument’s ontological connection, its potential fusion, with the subject who deploys it. This section explores this dynamic connection in the collaborative work of art that is Shakespeare’s Cesario. In Twelfth Night, Cesario is an ongoing process rather than a finished product. An erotic subject, object, and instrument, Cesario keeps becoming Cesario through his/their continued exchanges with Orsino and Olivia.

Keywords:   Creativity, Subject, Object, Instrument, Twelfth Night, Cesario, Process, Artistic, Kenneth Burke

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