Thomas Middleton’s Legal Duel: A Cognitive Approach


Thomas Middelton
The Phoenix
legal language
political language

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Flattun, J.-W. “Thomas Middleton’s Legal Duel: A Cognitive Approach”. Early Modern Culture Online, Vol. 2, no. 1, Feb. 2018, doi:10.15845/emco.v2i1.1279.


This article explores the Duel Scene (Scene 9, 99-277 (II.iii)) in Thomas Middleton's play The Phoenix (1607) in light of cognitive metephor theory. In reading this scene alongside the cultural and social changes in Elizabethan and Jacobean legal discourse, the mutual exchange of influence to both legal and political language and to drama and the theatre. The specific use of metaphoric blended spaces opens up for a combined linguistic and historical analysis.


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