Shakespeare, Objects and Phenomenology

Daggers of the Mind

  • Susan Sachon

Part of the Palgrave Shakespeare Studies book series (PASHST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Susan Sachon
    Pages 41-64
  3. Susan Sachon
    Pages 65-102
  4. Susan Sachon
    Pages 103-149
  5. Susan Sachon
    Pages 209-234
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 235-243

About this book


This book explores ways in which Shakespeare’s writing strategies shape our embodied perception of objects – both real and imaginary – in four of his plays. Taking the reader on a series of perceptual journeys, it engages in an exciting dialogue between the disciplines of phenomenology, cognitive studies, historicist research and modern acting techniques, in order to probe our sentient and intuitive responses to Shakespeare’s language. What happens when we encounter objects on page and stage; and how we can imagine that impact in performance? What influences might have shaped the language that created them; and what do they reveal about our response to what we see and hear? By placing objects under the phenomenological lens, and scrutinising them as vital conduits between lived experience and language, this book illuminates Shakespeare’s writing as a rich source for investigation into the way we think, feel and communicate as embodied beings.


Material studies Material culture Early modern drama Cognition Staging Audience Performance Theatre

Authors and affiliations

  • Susan Sachon
    • 1
  1. 1.ToddingtonUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-05206-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-05207-2
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