Entertaining the Idea: Shakespeare, Performance, and Philosophy
To entertain an idea is to take it in, pay attention to it, give it breathing room, dwell with it for a time. The practice of entertaining ideas suggests rumination and meditation, inviting us to think of philosophy as a form of hospitality and a kind of mental theatre. In this collection, organized around key words shared by philosophy and performance, the editors suggest that Shakespeare’s plays supply readers, listeners, viewers, and performers with equipment for living.
In plays ranging from A Midsummer Night’s Dream to King Lear and The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare invites readers and audiences to be more responsive to the texture and meaning of daily encounters, whether in the intimacies of love, the demands of social and political life, or moments of ethical decision. Entertaining the Idea features established and emerging scholars, addressing key words such as role play, acknowledgment, judgment, and entertainment as well as curse and care. The volume also includes longer essays on Shakespeare, Kant, Husserl, and Hegel as well as an afterword by theatre critic Charles McNulty on the philosophy and performance history of King Lear.
- Series: UCLA Clark Memorial Library Series
- World Rights
- Page Count: 240 pages
- Illustrations: 6
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
Author InformationLowell Gallagher is a professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles.
James Kearney< is an associate professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Julia Reinhard Lupton is a professor of English at the University of California, Irvine.
Table of contents
Introduction: Lowell Gallagher, James Kearney, and Julia Reinhard Lupton
Section I: Key Words
1. Shakespeare and Role Playing
5. Way of Life
Sheiba Kian Kaufman
Section II: Extended Encounters
9. Shakespeare’s Now: Some Philosophical Perspectives on King Lear and The Winter’s Tale
10. Hegel with Hamlet: Questions of Method
11. Bliss Unrevealed: The “Trial” in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale
Afterword by Charles McNulty, Theatre Critic, Los Angeles Times
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