Incorporate Selves: Shakespeare’s Mythmaking

  • James P. Bednarz
Part of the Palgrave Shakespeare Studies book series (PASHST)


Once readers set aside implausible topical inferences proffered as keys to unlock ‘The Phoenix and Turtle’, they invariably confront two principal questions that determine in large measure their understanding of the poem. They face the challenge of grasping how Shakespeare conceives of ‘the truth of love’ through his allegory of the Phoenix and Turtle, and they are made to speculate about whether or not the ideals of Beauty and Truth their union represents have permanently vanished. These questions are the subject of this chapter which begins by exploring the poem’s bold ideal of love as a radical form of intersubjectivity that demolishes Property and Reason and concludes by suggesting that whether or not the Phoenix and the ideals it exemplifies are extinct, alive or potentially reborn is its unsolvable mystery.


Christian Theology Single Nature Turtle Dove Unsolvable Mystery Trinitarian Theology 
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