About the author: Meera Tamaya is a Professor of English at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She received her PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of Colonial Detection: H. R. F. Keating, and various articles on literature, film and popular culture.
2001 0-7734-7622-9 Monograph re-examines the role of emotion in Hamlet in the light of recent developments in cognitive science. The examination of the emotion-cognition fugue in Hamlet, with a particular emphasis on the prince’s emotional responses to physical and material phenomena, stresses the experiential aspects of ideology, and scrutinizes the ways in which the fugue illuminates the complex variations in the processing of ideology. This focus also positions the play in the ongoing social drama in which Elizabethan theatre, along with ceremony, ritual, carnival and other discourses of power, played a vital role.