Eric Langley's Narcissism and Suicide in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries PDF

By Eric Langley

the themes of this publication are the topics whose matters are themselves.

Narcissus so himself himself forsook,
And died to kiss his shadow within the brook.

In accusing the introspective Adonis of narcissistic self-absorption, Shakespeare's Venus employs a geminative development - 'himself himself' - that gives a keynote for this research of Renaissance reflexive subjectivity. via shut research of a couple of Shakespearean texts - together with Venus and Adonis, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, and Othello - his ebook illustrates how radical self-reflection is expressed at the Renaissance page
and level, and the way representations of the 2 probably severe figures of the narcissist and self-slaughterer are indicative of early-modern attitudes to introspection. Encompassing a vast variety of philosophical, theological, poetic, and dramatic texts, this research examines interval descriptions of the early-modern topic characterized by means of the
rhetoric of reciprocation and mirrored image. The narcissist and the self-slaughter offer versions of dialogic yet self-destructive id the place inner most interiority is articulated by way of self-response, yet the place this geminative isolation is known as self-defeating, either egocentric and suicidal. The learn comprises paintings on Renaissance revisions of Ovid, classical attitudes to suicide, the rhetoric of friendship literature, dialogue of early-modern optic idea, and a longer discussion
of narcissism within the epyllia culture. Sustained textual research deals new readings of significant Shakespearean texts, permitting wide-spread works of literature to be obvious from the bizarre and anti-social views in their narcissistic and suicidal protagonists.

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