By Tanya Pollard

Drugs and Theater asks why Shakespeare and his modern playwrights have been so preoccupied with medicinal drugs and poisons and, at a deeper point, why either critics and supporters of the theater, in addition to playwrights themselves, so often followed a chemical vocabulary to explain the results of the theater on audiences. Drawing upon unique scientific and literary learn, Pollard exhibits that the efficiency of the hyperlink among medicines and performs within the interval demonstrates a version of drama notably assorted than our personal, a version within which performs exert a strong impression on spectators' our bodies in addition to minds.

Early sleek body structure held that the mind's eye and feelings have been a part of the physique, and exerted a fabric impression on it, but students of medication and drama alike haven't well-known the implications of this concept. performs, which modify our feelings and inspiration, concurrently switch us bodily. This ebook argues that the facility of the theater in early sleek England, in addition to the extraordinary hostility to it, stems from the commonly held modern concept that drama acted upon the physique in addition to the brain. In yoking jointly pharmacy and theatre, this publication bargains a brand new version for realizing the connection among texts and our bodies. simply as our bodies are constituted partly via the inventive fantasies they eat, the theater's good fortune (and notoriety) depends upon its energy over spectators' our bodies. medications, which conflate matters approximately unreliable appearances and fabric threat, evoked fascination and worry during this interval through picking a convergence element among the mind's eye and the physique, the literary and the clinical, the mystical and the rational. This e-book explores that very same convergence aspect, and makes use of it to teach the incredible physiological powers attributed to language, and particularly to the embodied language of the theater.

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