When Philip Sidney defends poetry by defending the methods used by poets and lawyers alike, he relies on the traditional association between fiction and legal procedure--an association that begins with Aristotle. In this study Kathy Eden offers a new understanding of this tradition, from its origins in Aristotle's Poetics and De Anima, through its development in the psychological and rhetorical theory of late antiquity and the Middle Ages, to its culmination in the literary theory of the Renaissance.
Originally published in 1986.
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Table of Contents:
- FrontMatter, pg. i
- Contents, pg. vii
- Acknowledgments, pg. ix
- Introduction, pg. 1
- One. Legal Proof and Tragic Recognition: The Aristotelian Grounds of Discovery, pg. 7
- Two. Poetry and Equity: Aristotle's Defense of Fiction, pg. 25
- Three. Rhetoric and Psychology: The Aristotelian Foundations of the Poetic Image, pg. 62
- Four. Image and Imitation: Aristotle's Contribution to a Christian Literary Theory, pg. 112
- Appendix. Hamlet and the Reaches of Aristotelian Tragedy, pg. 176
- Index, pg. 185