Why the ‘Pathetic Fallacy’ Isn’t One: Early Modern Vitalism and the Emotions of Nature in Shakespeare and Milton

Abstract

This essay explores possible connections between modern scientific investigation of nature and the portrayal of affective communities in King Lear and Paradise Lost.

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Published 30 June 2015 in Afterlives of Pastoral. Subjects: Pastoral literature, Pastoral poetry, Shakespeare, William, Shakespearean drama.

Cite as: Marcus, Leah S.. ‘Why the ‘Pathetic Fallacy’ Isn’t One: Early Modern Vitalism and the Emotions of Nature in Shakespeare and Milton.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 30, no. 2, 2015. https://doi.org/10.20314/als.9871f654ec.