The Virtue of Sympathy: Magic, Philosophy, and Literature in Seventeenth-Century England

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"Beginning with an analysis of Shakespeare's The Tempest and building to a new reading of Milton's Paradise Lost, author Seth Lobis charts a profound change in the cultural meaning of sympathy during the seventeenth century. Having long referred to magical affinities in the universe, sympathy was increasingly understood to be a force of connection between people. By examining sympathy in literary and philosophical writing of the period, Lobis illuminates an extraordinary shift in human understanding"--

The Virtue of Sympathy: Magic, Philosophy, and Literature in Seventeenth-Century England 2014, Yale University Press, New Haven

ISBN-13: 9780300192032

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