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Shakespeare's Representation of Weather, Climate and Environment: The Early Modern 'Fated Sky'

Sophie Chiari


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 while acknowledging the fact 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 man’s ability to act upon celestial forces. Yet, in doing so, t ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, climate, weather, meteorology, science, environment, seasons, humours, geo-humoralism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474442527
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474442527.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sophie Chiari, author
Clermont Auvergne University