‘Stewed phrase’ and the impassioned imagination in Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida
in Love, history and emotion in Chaucer and Shakespeare
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In Troilus and Cressida, the major characters revel in all kinds of received wisdom, commonplaces and topical truths. While Cressida chooses to dissemble her passion in a Petrarchan manner, Troilus has already abandoned the dimension of courtliness. The principal actors in the interplay between the faculties of the mind are perception, imagination, memory, reason and passion. In the models current in William Shakespeare's time, imagination, memory and reason reside in different chambers or ventricles of the mind, which are not hermetically sealed against each other. Ulysses' attempts to validate Stoic magnanimity crashes, the cognitive therapy of pride failing to affect the patient's imagination. Stoicism may be a philosophy of coherence, of living in accordance with oneself of the good flow of life, but it is all this by virtue of its also being a philosophy of self-mastery.

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