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That Within Which Passeth Show: Interiority, Religion, and the Cognitive Poetics of Hamlet

Pierce, Jennifer Ewing (2010) That Within Which Passeth Show: Interiority, Religion, and the Cognitive Poetics of Hamlet. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Shakespeare's Hamlet emerged at a moment of social transition between Catholic England and Protestant England. The accidents and entailments of this particular culture emerge in the text through images, metaphors, polysemy, ideational conceits, as well as in unique forms of linguistic expression and dramatic signification. Reading the theological disputes, architecture, discursive encryption, and public performances of the day as another form of historical and expressive text, and informing that reading with the latest theories in post-Whig English history, this dissertation uses the information so-gathered to perform a close re-reading of Hamlet and explore the way a cognitive primitive—the schema INSIDE/OUTSIDE—is expressed multiply in the text in a polysemic web of signification. It is suggested that Hamlet emerged not only at the turning point between Catholic England and Protestant England, but at the strongly figured turning point between the homo religiosus of Medieval Europe and the modern European subject. This transition is marked by a split between a private and a public self correlated with the creation of a secular, social culture in Western European cordoned off from the increasingly complex and pluralistic religious culture.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Pierce, Jennifer
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFavorini, Attiliobucfav@pitt.eduBUCFAV
Committee MemberMcConachie, Bruce Abamcco@pitt.eduBAMCCO
Committee MemberGeorge, Kathleengeorgeke@pitt.eduGEORGEKE
Committee MemberKreeft,
Date: 11 October 2010
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 23 June 2010
Approval Date: 11 October 2010
Submission Date: 6 August 2010
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Theater Arts
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: cognitive science; dramatic literature; phenomenology; religion; Shakespeare; The Reformation; theatre; Elizabethan England; Hamlet
Other ID:, etd-08062010-074951
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:57
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:48


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