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Renaissance Psychologies: Spenser and Shakespeare

Robert Lanier Reid


Thirteen writershave comprehensively explained theRenaissance scheme of physiology-psychology used for nosce teipsum, to ‘know oneself’, and other scholars have analysed key features likehumours, bodily spirits, passions, reason, inner wits, soul and spirit, mystic apprehension.Only poetswith epic scope, like Spenser and Shakespeare, depict human nature holistically, yet these finest poets have radically distinct psychologies.Spenser’s Christianised Platonism prioritises the soul, his art mirroringdivine Creation as dogmatically and encyclopedically conceived. He looks to the past, collating c ... More

Keywords: human nature, holisticdesign, hierarchic form, Christian-Platonic tripartism, man-woman-child/servant, theological anthropology, intellective allegory, female heroism, passional theology, sensate apprehension

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781526109170
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526109170.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Lanier Reid, author
Emory and Henry College