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Shakespeare’s Patterns of Self-Knowledge

Rolf Soellner

Frontmatter and Preface

Humanism and Antihumanism

   1. Nosce Teipsum: Learning the Method
   2. Nosce Teipsum: Charting New Courses

Theory and Adaptation

   3. Microcosm and Macrocosm: Framing the Pictures of Man
   4. The Comedy of Errors: Losing and Finding Oneself
   5. Love’s Labor’s Lost: Seeking Oneself
   6. Richard II: Looking into the Mirror of Grief
   7. Henry V: Patterning after Perfection

Problems and Ambiguities

   8. The Real versus the Ideal: Taking a Skeptic View
   9. Julius Caesar: Taking an Uncertain Road
  10. Hamlet: Probing a Restless Self
  11. Troilus and Cressida: Fragmenting a Divided Self
  12. Measure for Measure: Looking into Oneself

Achievement and Synthesis

  13. Will and Passion: Heightening the Self
  14. Othello: Subjecting the Self
  15. King Lear: Valuing the Self
  16. King Lear: Stripping the Self
  17. Macbeth: Losing the Self
  18. The Tempest: The Mastered Self


   A. Hamlet: “What is a man?”
   B. Lucrece: “Why should the worm intrude the maiden bud?”
   C. Hamlet: “What a piece of work is a man!”


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