Shakespeare’s Representation of Weather, Climate and Environment.
The Early Modern ’Fated Sky’

Sophie CHIARI

Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press,
31 décembre 2018, 320 p.
ISBN 9781474442527

While ecocritical approaches to literary texts receive more and more attention, climate-related issues remain fairly neglected, particularly in the field of Shakespeare studies. This monograph explores the importance of weather and changing skies in early modern England and argues that traditional representations and religious beliefs still fashioned people’s relations to meteorological phenomena. At the same time, a growing number of literati stood against determinism and defended free will, thereby insisting on their ability to act upon celestial forces.
The author thus contends that Shakespeare reconciles the scholarly approaches of his time with popular views rooted in superstition and promotes a sensitive, pragmatic understanding of climatic events. Taking into account the influence of classical thought, each of the book’s seven chapters addresses a different play where sky-related topics are crucial, considers the way climatic phenomena were presented on stage, and analyses how they came to shape the production and reception of Shakespeare’s drama.

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