Introduction
in Shakespeare’s storms
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book demonstrates the Shakespeare's storms, that can be read along-side a wide range of storms written by his contemporaries. It argues that Shakespeare's investment in storm in Julius Caesar is a canny and financial one, for Shakespeare seriously considered the impact of the special effects of thunder and lightning when writing staged storms. The book shows that Macbeth stages different concepts of the weather, between natural and supernatural and keeps them ironically separate. It focuses on King Lear, speaks to ecocritical ideas about wilderness and shows that the play's representation of nature has been misunderstood. The book describes the discourses of performance history and ecocritisim to argue that Shakespeare's storms have so far been misread or ignored.

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