Ecocritical Heywood and The Play of the Weather

Jennifer L. Ailles


John Heywood’s interlude The Play of the Wether: A New and Very Mery Enterlude of All Maner Wethers (1533) focuses specifically on the relationship between humans and the weather as negotiated through the divine. Curiously, most studies have not considered the importance of the weather in this play. Reading this interlude as primarily about weather not only demonstrates that early Tudor plays can be considered from an ecocritial perspective but also that so-called "green studies" need to take into account pre-Shakespearean drama.


John Heywood; interlude; Play of the Weather; ecocriticism; ecocritical;

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Jennifer L. Ailles
Columbia College Chicago