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Phantasmatic Shakespeare: Imagination in the Age of Early Modern Science

Suparna Roychoudhury


The book argues that Shakespeare’s representations of imagination—the many hallucinations, illusions, and dreams in his works—draw their complexity from the interdiscursive confrontations between early modern faculty psychology and the history of science. During the Renaissance, imagination (also called the fantasy or fancy) was understood as a faculty of the soul, that which creates the phantasms or images needed by the mind to perceive, reason, and recall. The book explores how this psychology of imagination, developed by ancient and medieval philosophers, was disrupted in the sixteenth cent ... More

Keywords: William Shakespeare, Renaissance, imagination, fantasy, fancy, faculty psychology, history of science, cognitive theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781501726552
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501726552.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Suparna Roychoudhury, author
Mount Holyoke College