By Eric Langley
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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