Shakespeare and Cognition: Thinking Fast and Slow through Character

  • Neema Parvini

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Neema Parvini
    Pages 36-51
  3. Neema Parvini
    Pages 63-67
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 68-75

About this book


Shakespeare and Cognition challenges orthodox approaches to Shakespeare by using recent psychological findings about human decision-making to analyse the unique characters that populate his plays. It aims to find a way to reconnect readers and watchers of Shakespeare's plays to the fundamental questions that first animated them. Why does Othello succumb so easily to Iago's manipulations? Why does Anne allow herself to be wooed by Richard III, the man who killed her husband and father? Why does Macbeth go from being a seemingly reasonable man to a cold-blooded killer? Why does Hamlet take so long to kill Claudius? This book aims to answer these questions from a fresh perspective.


Shakespeare Othello Hamlet Cognition Psychology Decision-Making Character Characters Kahneman Haidt Parvini Analyse William Shakespeare

Authors and affiliations

  • Neema Parvini
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SurreyUK

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