Architectural Rhetoric in Shakespeare and Spenser (Research in Medieval and Early Modern Culture)

December 5, 2020
Architectural Rhetoric in Shakespeare and Spenser (Research in Medieval and Early Modern Culture)

Jennifer C. Vaught illustrates how architectural rhetoric inShakespeare and Spenser provides a bridge between the human bodyand mind and the nonhuman world of stone and timber. The recurringfigure of the body as a besieged castle in Shakespeare's drama andSpenser's allegory reveals that their works are mutually based onmedieval architectural allegories exemplified by the morality playThe Castle of Perseverance. Intertextual and analogous connectionsbetween the generically hybrid works of Shakespeare and Spenserdemonstrate how they conceived of individuals not in isolation fromthe physical environment but in profound relation to it. This bookapproaches the interlacing of identity and place in terms ofecocriticism, posthumanism, cognitive theory, and Cicero's art ofmemory. Architectural Rhetoric in Shakespeare and Spenser examinesfigures of the permeable body as a fortified, yet vulnerablestructure in Shakespeare's comedies, histories, tragedies,romances, and Sonnets and in Spenser's Faerie Queene andComplaints.