Forensic Aspects of Renaissance Mimesis

Lorna Margaret Hutson

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Abstract

Current approaches to Renaissance drama, rejecting the older idea of mimesis as likeness to an essential "nature," have also rejected the assumption that Shakespeare's drama is especially mimetic. This article argues that these approaches neglect the contribution of narrative coherence or plot to mimesis and shows that a judicial conception of narrative underlies the mimesis of neoclassical Renaissance drama, including Shakespeare. Mimetic readings of Shakespeare may thus be appropriately legalistic responses to an evidentially based conception of plot. / REPRESENTATIONS 94. Spring 2006 (c) 2006 The Regents of the University of California.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-109
Number of pages30
JournalRepresentations
Volume94
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006

Keywords

  • SHAKESPEARE
  • 'HAMLET'

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