Shakespeare and the Art of Lying

By: Shormishtha Panja (Ed.) & Peter Ronald deSouza (Frwd)

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Questions of truth, untruth, representation and deception were pivotal to sixteenth and seventeenth century thought. Be it Machiavelli, More or Montaigne, writers and philosophers struggled with questions of lying and truth-telling, and how truth is constructed and performed. But what view did Shakespeare subscribe to? What notions of falsehood, and, axiomatically, of truth, emerge from a reading of his works? Questions of truth, untruth, representation and deception were pivotal to sixteenth and seventeenth century thought. Be it Machiavelli, More or Montaigne, writers and philosophers struggled with questions of lying and truth-telling, and how truth is constructed and performed. But what view did Shakespeare subscribe to? What notions of falsehood, and, axiomatically, of truth, emerge from a reading of his works? This collection of essays from scholars such as Stuart Sillars, Coppélia Kahn, Supriya Chaudhuri, Bijoy Boruah, R. W. Desai, Gert Hofmann and Shormishtha Panja explores the many facets of lies, deception, truth and half-truth that feature so prominently in well-known plays such as Hamlet, King Lear, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and inShakespeare’s Sonnets and poems. From philosophy to physiognomy, from fictionality to reality, the essays are as varied as revealing. While the book explores the subversive potential of speech in the context of gender and class in Othello, there is also an analysis of ‘The Phoenix and the Turtle,’ one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known works. From examining visages of truth and deception in Hamlet, drawing on early modern discourses of face-reading, to reading Shakespeare in light of Nietzschean truth and falsehood and theories of mimesis and verisimilitude-these essays analyse how complex and textured Shakespeare’s engagement with lying is. In addition, the essayists pull into their orbit writers as varied as Plato, St. Augustine, Erasmus, Castiglione, and Franz Kafka.Printed Pages: 247.

Title: Shakespeare and the Art of Lying

Author Name: Shormishtha Panja (Ed.) & Peter Ronald deSouza (Frwd)

Categories: India, Literature,

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Orient BlackSwan: 2013

ISBN: 812505264X

ISBN 13: 9788125052647

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 101975

Keywords: Shakespeare and the Art of Lying Shormishtha Panja (Ed.) & Peter Ronald deSouza (Frwd)