Author Kenny, Amy, author
Title Humoral wombs on the Shakespearean stage / by Amy Kenny
Imprint Cham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
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Descript 1 online resource (xi, 202 pages) : illustrations, digital ; 22 cm
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computer c rdamedia
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Series Palgrave studies in literature, science and medicine
Palgrave studies in literature, science and medicine
Note 1. Introduction: the early modern womb -- 2. The green womb -- 3. The thick womb -- 4. The fertile womb -- 5. The monstrous womb -- 6. The tomb womb -- 7. The male womb -- 8. Coda: The exonerated womb
This book explores how the humoral womb was evoked, enacted, and embodied on the Shakespearean stage by considering the intersection of performance studies and humoral theory. Galenic naturalism applied the four humors--yellow bile, black bile, phlegm, and blood--to delineate women as porous, polluting, and susceptible to their environment. This book draws on early modern medical texts to provocatively demonstrate how Shakespeare's canon offers a unique agency to female characters via humoral discourse of the womb. Chapters discuss early modern medicine's attempt to theorize and interpret the womb, specifically its role in disease, excretion, and conception, alongside passages of Shakespeare's plays to offer a fresh reading of (geo)humoral subjectivity. The book shows how Shakespeare subversively challenges contemporary notions of female fluidity by accentuating the significance of the womb as a source of self-defiance and autonomy for female characters across his canon
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Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Knowledge -- Medicine
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Characters -- Women
Medicine in literature -- History -- 16th century
Medicine in literature -- History -- 17th century
Body fluids in literature
Early Modern/Renaissance Literature
British and Irish Literature
History of Science
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