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Published: 08 November 2018

336 Pages | 1 halftone


ISBN: 9780198821847

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Shakespeare's Contagious Sympathies

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Eric Langley

  • Explores the idea of compassionate communication and sympathetic exchange in Shakespeare's work especially in relation to disease and contagion
  • Suggests that a key motivation for Shakespeare's interest in notions of individual identity, privacy, and subjective autonomy may reflect his anxiety about the dangers of interaction in a plague ravaged London
  • Sheds new light on Shakespeare's interaction with medical, religious, and philosophical contexts
  • Offers discussion of a broad range of Shakespeare plays, but also pays close attention to Troilus and Cressida, The Winter's Tale, Coriolanus, King Lear, Cymbeline, All's Well That Ends Well, The Tempest, and Two Gentleman of Verona