© 2007

Word vs Image

Cognitive Hunger in Shakespeare’s England

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Ellen Spolsky
    Pages 1-22
  3. Ellen Spolsky
    Pages 56-83
  4. Ellen Spolsky
    Pages 84-117
  5. Ellen Spolsky
    Pages 185-193
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 194-240

About this book


Arguing on recent cognitive evidence that reading a Bible is much more difficult for human brains than seeing images, this book exposes the depth and breadth of Protestant theologians' misunderstandings about how people could reform their spiritual lives - how they could literally change their minds.


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About the authors

ELLEN SPOLSKY is a Professor of English at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. She is a literary theorist with an appetite for biological theories such as cognitive cultural theory, iconotropism, performance theory, and even some aspects of evolutionary literary theory. Her books and essays have worked toward a sophisticated understanding of both the universal and historically local aspects of Renaissance art, poetry and drama.

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'Ellen Spolsky's book is a challenging invitation to "resist the familiar understanding" of old stories ... and to read/ "see in" T/texts new significations through ever different lenses.'

- The European Legacy