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By Gail Kern Paster

Though glossy readers now not think within the 4 humors of Galenic naturalism—blood, choler, depression, and phlegm—early glossy notion present in those physically fluids key to explaining human feelings and behaviour. In Humoring the Body, Gail Kern Paster proposes a brand new strategy to learn the sentiments of the early sleek level in order that modern readers may possibly recuperate the various historic particularity in early smooth expressions of emotional self-experience.

Using notions drawn from humoral clinical conception to untangle passages from vital ethical treatises, scientific texts, ordinary histories, and significant performs of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, Paster identifies a historic phenomenology within the language of impact through reconciling the importance of the 4 humors because the language of embodied emotion. She urges glossy readers to withstand the impression of post-Cartesian abstraction and the disembodiment of human psychology lest they leave out the body-mind connection that also existed for Shakespeare and his contemporaries and limited them to imagine another way approximately how their feelings have been embodied in a premodern world.

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