" Yet Shakespeare understood human personality in the terms available to his age—that of the now-discarded theory of the four bodily humors—blood, yellow bile, black bile, and phlegm. These four humors were understood to define people’s physical and mental health, and to determine individual’s personality, as well. "And there's the Humor of it": Shakespeare and the Four Humors explores the language of the four humors and their influence in Shakespeare’s plays."
To learn more about the exhibition, visit the website.
"And there's the humor of it": Shakespeare and the Four Humors
(October 23, 2017 - December 2, 2017)
Bodies in Play: Shakespeare's Depiction of Illness
October 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Marcia Eppich-Harris, Ph.D., Department of English
Diane Prenatt, Ph.D., Department of English
Two English Department faculty members gave a presentation in conjunction with the NLM exhibit. The presentation explored medicine during Shakespeare's lifetime and looked at the portrayal of illness within his work.
Interested in watching the presentation? Access it through MUShare, our institutional repository. You can also find the paper Dr.Eppich-Harris wrote for the presentation there.