Mirroring Mentalities in George Wither's A Collection of Emblemes

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Abstract

Drawing on a number of emblems in Wither's A Collection of Emblemes, with a particular focus on mirror motifs, this paper explores how Wither expands on the morals given in Rollenhagen's works. Wither's Collection exemplifies Renaissance understandings of how the mind and the subject could productively extend into the world, both through the emblem themes and as part of its own methodological rationale. At the same time the Collection demonstrates that in this account the physical is seen as problematically limiting, with the full capacity for human extendedness only achievable through death and resurrection.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-21
Number of pages17
JournalEmblematica: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Emblem Studies
Volume20
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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