Performance, Cognition, and the Representation of Interiority
“Now is this golden crown like a deep well” – Richard II from a Cognitive Point of View
“Now is this golden crown like a deep well”1 – Richard II from a Cognitive Point of View
Shakespeare’s Richard II lends itself to an analysis from a cognitive point of view, for “it is deliberately a play of character, thought, and emotion rather than action” (Wells 9). I will set out to prove the value of a cognitive approach by demonstrating how some of its concepts may help to make transparent the dominant idea of the drama, the rise of Bolingbroke and the fall of Richard, and how contemporary spectators might have perceived the play. Accordingly, the first part of the paper will be dedicated to metaphor, the second part will turn to performance and audience reception.
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