Humoring the Body
Emotions and the Shakespearean Stage
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.
A Note on Citations
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