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Shakespeare's Contagious Sympathies: Ill Communications

Eric Langley


ULYSSES … No man is the lord of any thing,Though in and of him there be much consisting,Till he communicate his parts to others.Troilus and Cressida Understanding the early-modern subject to be constituted, as Shakespeare’s Ulysses explains, by its communications with others—by its open involvement with interlocutors, its participation in interaction—this study considers what happens when these conceptions of compassionate communication and sympathetic exchange are comprehensively undermined by period anxieties concerning contagion and the transmission of disease. Allowing that ‘no man is … an ... More

Keywords: contagion, Shakespeare, subjectivity, compassion, sympathy, plague

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198821847
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198821847.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric Langley, author
Lecturer in Shakespeare, University College London