‘Howsoever, strange and admirable:’
A Midsummer Night’s Dream as via stultitiæ
By STUARTSILLARS (Bergen)
But all the story of the night told over…
…Introduction, p. cxl.
the Boethian hierarchy at the end of The Merchant of Venice – ‘Sit, Jessica –
look....’ – it contains the easy patronage…
…philosophical treatises on knowledge.
Most familiar is the ‘lover’, following a God traditionally painted blind.
The ‘lunatic’ is less precise…
…through more than thirty editions by the middle of the seventeenth
century attests to its popularity during Shakespeare’s lifetime.
…proverbs, not one, with the ‘Jack and Jill’ allusion noted in Hey-
wood’s Proverbs of 1546 and the reuniting of man and mare that comes…
…stage and offers us not only a further serioludic parody of
visionary understanding, but a statement of one of the play’s driving…
…Praise of Folie, trans. Sir Thomas Chaloner, ed. Clarence H. Miller. Early
English Text Society Original Series No. 257 (London, 1965), p. 127–8.
This quality of divine understanding, described a little later by More as ‘godly
foolisshenesse’ (121), is thus shared between the young, the…