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date: 16 September 2019

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Nature is always a slippery word, not least in Shakespeare’s tragedies. This chapter focuses on the plays’ evocations of and engagements with material nature, in regard to both the external environment (for example weather, plants and animals) and the human body (for example the various humoural substances and vital spirits that constitute what Gail Kern Paster calls the ‘psychophysiology’ of the early modern body). In so doing, the chapter seeks to demonstrate some of the differences between Shakespearean representations of nature and those bequeathed by what Bruno Latour calls ‘the Modern Constitution’.

Keywords: plants, animals, storms, climate, agency, Bruno Latour, Jane Bennett, humours

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