Discovering the Subject in Renaissance England (Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture)

  • Publish Date: 2008-11-27
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Elizabeth Hanson
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When Hamlet complains that Guildenstern would pluck out the heart of my mystery, he imagines an encounter that recurs insistently in the discourses of early modern England: the struggle by one man to discover the secrets in another's heart. Elizabeth Hanson examines the records of state torture, plays by Shakespeare and Jonson, cony-catching pamphlets and Francis Bacon's philosophical writing to demonstrate a reconceptualizing of the subject in both the political and philosophical sense of the term.