Shakespeare and Consciousness

  • Paul Budra
  • Clifford Werier

Part of the Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance book series (CSLP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Paul Budra, Clifford Werier
    Pages 1-15
  3. Consciousness, Cognitive Science, and Character

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Edward Pechter
      Pages 43-77
    3. Paul Budra
      Pages 79-96
  4. Consciousness and Theatrical Practice

  5. Consciousness and the Body

  6. Consciousness, Emotion, and Memory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
    2. Elizabeth Hodgson
      Pages 267-292
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 293-307

About this book


This book examines how early modern and recently emerging theories of consciousness and cognitive science help us to re-imagine our engagements with Shakespeare in text and performance. Papers investigate the connections between states of mind, emotion, and sensation that constitute consciousness and the conditions of reception in our past and present encounters with Shakespeare’s works. Acknowledging previous work on inwardness, self, self-consciousness, embodied self, emotions, character, and the mind-body problem, contributors consider consciousness from multiple new perspectives—as a phenomenological process, a materially determined product, a neurologically mediated reaction, or an internally synthesized identity—approaching Shakespeare’s plays and associated cultural practices in surprising and innovative ways.


1 Shakespeare 2 consciousness 3 cognition 4 cognitive theory 5 performance

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul Budra
    • 1
  • Clifford Werier
    • 2
  1. 1.Simon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada
  2. 2.Mount Royal UniversityCalgaryCanada

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