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Conceiving Desire in Lyly and Shakespeare: Metaphor, Cognition and Eros

Gillian Knoll


Conceiving Desire in Lyly and Shakespeare explores the role of the mind in creating erotic experience on the early modern stage. To “conceive” desire is to acknowledge the generative potential of the erotic imagination, its capacity to impart form and make meaning out of the most elusive experiences. Drawing from cognitive and philosophical approaches, this book advances a new methodology for analysing how early modern plays dramatize inward erotic experience. Grounded in cognitive theories about the metaphorical nature of thought, Conceiving Desire in Lyly and Shakespeare traces the contours ... More

Keywords: John Lyly, William Shakespeare, Desire, Metaphor, Cognition, Erotic, Pleasure, Motion, Space, Creativity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474428521
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474428521.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gillian Knoll, author