The Sensory Body in Shakespeare’s Theatres

“Why, then, your other senses grow imperfect /By your eyes’ anguish” (King Lear, 4.5.5-6)

This week’s Thursday seminar is by Dr Farah Karim-Cooper, Head of Courses and Research for Globe Education (Shakespeare’s Globe). In addition to being the course director of the Globe/King’s MA in Shakespeare Studies, she is also Chair of the Globe Architecture Research Group. She extended the work of Globe Education to the Doctoral level by setting up two AHRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Awards with partners, King’s College London and Queen Mary London.

Utriusque Cosmi, by Robert Fludd

Utriusque Cosmi, by Robert Fludd

If you want to find out more on the subject of the senses in Renaissance drama then you might want to dig out the following from our collections:

Cook, Amy. Shakespearean neuroplay: reinvigorating the study of dramatic texts and performance through cognitive science. Palgrave, 2010. PR 2807

Dawson, Anthony B. and Paul Yachnin. The culture of playgoing in Shakespeare’s England: a collaborative debate. Cambridge University Press, 2001. PR 3095

Gurr, Andrew. Playgoing in Shakespeare’s London. 3rd ed. Cambridge Univ. Press, 2004. PN 2596.L6

Knowing Shakespeare : senses, embodiment and cognition. Edited by Lowell Gallagher and Shankar Raman. Palgrave 2010. PR 2976

Shakespeare’s theatre and the effects of performance. Edited by Farah Karim-Cooper and Tiffany Stern. Bloomsbury, 2013. PR 3095

Smith, Bruce, R. Phenomenal Shakespeare. Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. PR 2976

Whitney, Charles . Early responses to Renaissance drama. Cambridge University Press, 2006. PR 658.A88

Woolgar, C.M. The senses in late medieval England. Yale University Press, 2006. Available as an eBook.

Farah’s Pinterest page on The Senses is also worth a look.


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