Can we believe what we see? The question is insistently and inconclusively raised in Hamlet through mention of the word ‘eye’ and imperative verbs such as ‘look’ and ‘see’. Theories of vision in early modern literature were driven by the work of Galen and mediated through the writings of thinkers such as Thomas Wright, Anthony Munday, and George Hakewill. In this chapter I examine the complex interplay between vision and emotion in Hamlet: a play in which the fallibility of vision is repeatedly connected to our inability to definitively read the emotions of others. I also consider the idea of emotional blindness and the gap between sight and emotional awareness in Hamlet.
|Title of host publication||Hamlet and emotions|
|Editors||Paul Megna, Brid Phillips, R.S. White|
|Place of Publication||Cham, Switzerland|
|Number of pages||22|
|Publication status||Published - 2 Feb 2019|
|Name||Palgrave Shakespeare Studies|