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The Renaissance of emotion: Understanding affect in Shakespeare and his contemporaries

Richard Meek and Erin Sullivan


This collection of essays offers a major reassessment of the meaning and significance of emotional experience in the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Recent scholarship on early modern emotion has relied on a medical-historical approach, resulting in a picture of emotional experience that stresses the dominance of the material, humoral body. The Renaissance of Emotion seeks to redress this balance by examining the ways in which early modern texts explore emotional experience from perspectives other than humoral medicine. The chapters in the book seek to demonstrate how open, creativ ... More

Keywords: Emotion, Passion, Affect, Shakespeare, Early Modern, Renaissance, Embodiment

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780719090783
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719090783.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Meek, editor
University of Hull

Erin Sullivan, editor
University of Birmingham

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Richard Meek and Erin Sullivan

Part I The theology and philosophy of emotion

Part II Shakespeare and the language of emotion

7 What’s happiness in Hamlet?

Richard Chamberlain

Part III The politics and performance of emotion

11 Discrepant emotional awareness in Shakespeare

R. S. White and Ciara Rawnsley


Peter Holbrook

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