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Humoring the Body : Emotions and the Shakespearean Stage / Gail Kern Paster.

Author/Creator:
Paster, Gail Kern author., Author,
Publication:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2010]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (288 p.) : 10 halftones
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 -- History and criticism.
English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 -- Themes, motives.
Human body in literature.
Mind and body in literature.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
Though modern readers no longer believe in the four humors of Galenic naturalism-blood, choler, melancholy, and phlegm-early modern thought found in these bodily fluids key to explaining human emotions and behavior. In Humoring the Body, Gail Kern Paster proposes a new way to read the emotions of the early modern stage so that contemporary readers may recover some of the historical particularity in early modern expressions of emotional self-experience. Using notions drawn from humoral medical theory to untangle passages from important moral treatises, medical texts, natural histories, and major plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, Paster identifies a historical phenomenology in the language of affect by reconciling the significance of the four humors as the language of embodied emotion. She urges modern readers to resist the influence of post-Cartesian abstraction and the disembodiment of human psychology lest they miss the body-mind connection that still existed for Shakespeare and his contemporaries and constrained them to think differently about how their emotions were embodied in a premodern world.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Illustrations
Acknowledgments
A Note on Citations
Introduction
Chapter 1. Roasted in Wrath and Fire: The Ecology of the Passions in Hamlet and Othello
Chapter 2. Love Will Have Heat: Shakespeare's Maidens and the Caloric Economy
Chapter 3. Melancholy Cats, Lugged Bears, and Other Passionate Animals: Reading Shakespeare's Psychological Materialism across the Species Barrier
Chapter 4. Belching Quarrels: Male Passions and the Problem of Individuation
Epilogue
Bibliography
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780226648484
OCLC:
747946397
Publisher Number:
10.7208/9780226648484 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.