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‘”Lawful as Eating”: Art, Life and Magic in The Winter’s Tale
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
2014 (English)In: Shakespeare Studies, ISSN 0582-9399, Vol. 42, 32-41- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Leontes’s speech in the middle of the statue scene in The Winter’s Talemakes a puzzling analogy, put in the form of a conditional proposition. “If this be magic,” he says as the statue comes to life, “let it be an art lawful as eating.” But why “lawful as eating?”, one may ask. What is it about eating, in this context, that makes it a fit term for the comparison Leontes is making, and a completion of Leontes’s thought?  Is there is a kind of lawfulness to eating, different from or akin to other kinds of lawfulness, to which “magic” of some sort might aspire? What is the meaning and value of “eating” here? The ultimate answer is that eating stands for that which cannot be prohibited, the right to life.

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2014. Vol. 42, 32-41- p.
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Food and Literature, Winter's Tale, wonder
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Literature; English
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-236355OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-236355DiVA: diva2:764152
Available from: 2014-11-18 Created: 2014-11-18 Last updated: 2014-11-18

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