Twinship and Occult References in Twelfth Night
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Keywords

androgyny
comedy
denouement
doubles
ending
genius
ghosts
magic
mystery
multiplicity
renaissance
occult
plato

How to Cite

Cartwright, K. “Twinship and Occult References in Twelfth Night”. Early Modern Culture Online, Vol. 8, no. 1, June 2022, pp. 39-57, doi:10.15845/emco.v8i1.3711.

Abstract

We think of Renaissance dramatic comedies as ending when facts and reason dispel misconceptions, such that a rational and coherent picture of the narrative whole emerges.  Yet in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night certain elements in the denouement—involving nature, androgyny, and spiritual genius and related to magic and occultism—emphasize a multiplicity or surplus of meaning that resists rationalization and closure.  With such devices, Shakespeare imbues comedy with intellectual depth, memorability, and affective power, even joy.

https://doi.org/10.15845/emco.v8i1.3711
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