Table of Contents:
  • Introduction: historica passio: the fit of history
  • Early modern medicine and the case history of King Lear
  • "So troubled with the mother": dying to live
  • "The ink of lovers": revenge tragedy's blood letters
  • "Mocked with art" and playing dead: the theatrics of hysterica passio
  • Epilogue: Hermione's legacy, or hysteria after 1700.