By Dr Mary Floyd-Wilson
During this ground-breaking learn, Mary Floyd-Wilson argues that the early sleek English believed their affections and behaviour have been motivated by way of hidden sympathies and antipathies that coursed during the flora and fauna. those forces not just produced emotional relationships yet they have been additionally levers wherein traditional humans meant they can control nature and bring new wisdom. certainly, it used to be the invisibility of nature's secrets-or occult qualities-that resulted in a privileging of experimentation, aiding to displace a reliance on historic theories. Floyd-Wilson demonstrates how Renaissance drama participates in traditional philosophy's creation of epistemological barriers via staging tales that investigate the knowledge-making authority of ladies healers and experimenters. concentrating on 12th evening, Arden of Faversham, A caution for reasonable ladies, All's good That Ends good, The Changeling, and The Duchess of Malfi, Floyd-Wilson means that as experiential proof won clinical floor, women's presumed intimacy with nature's secrets and techniques used to be both lowered or demonized.