[LMB] OT: Mock-death in Shakespeare

John Lennard john.c.lennard at gmail.com
Tue Aug 30 16:42:22 BST 2016

And finally, I am also happy to inform the list that the book on mock-death
in Shakespeare's plays, about which I posted an AKICOTL request or two a
while back, is also now out on Kindle, DRM-free. Alternatively, I can
supply PDF's by personal arrangement.

Lois does get a mention, in passing in the intro, in re: Miles's mock-death
(or real death and rebirth) in *Mirror Dance*, as do Horatio Hornblower and
Honor Harrington, but this is 99.9% Shakespeare, and was extremely
interesting to research and write. I always knew mock-death was well
represented in the canon -- it's in 14 plays definitively, with two further
analogues -- and naturally concentrated in comedy ; but I had not realised
how dominant it becomes in the later comedies (*Twelfth Night*, *Measure*,
*All's Well*) and late plays (*Pericles*, *Cymbeline*, *Winter's Tale*,

Indeed, in each of the late plays one might say that one axis of the trope
is maximised : iteration in *Pericles*, combination in *Cymbeline*,
duration in *Winter's Tale*, and multiplication in *Tempest* -- the last
being the only late play without 'real' death, but also the late play where
*every* mortal is believed dead by at least one other person.

For those so inclined, enjoy.



John Lennard, MA DPhil. (Oxon.), MA (WU)

Bye Fellow, Christ's College, & Director of Studies in English, Hughes
Hall, Cambridge
General editor, Humanities-E-Books Genre Fiction Sightlines and Monographs

*Mock-Death in Shakespeare's Plays*
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