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The renaissance of emotion : understanding affect in Shakespeare and his contemporaries / edited by Richard Meek and Erin Sullivan.

  • Date published


  • Publisher

    [Manchester] : Manchester University Press, [2015].

  • Editor

    Sullivan, Erin

    Meek, Richard, 1975-,

  • Subject

    Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 Knowledge Psychology.

    Emotions in literature

    English drama Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 History and criticism

Contents: Introduction Richard Meek and Erin Sullivan Part I - The theology and philosophy of emotion 1: The passions of Thomas Wright: Renaissance emotion across body and soul - Erin Sullivan 2: 'The scripture moveth us in sundry places': framing biblical emotions in the Book of Common Prayer and the Homilies - David Bagchi 3: 'This was a way to thrive': Christian and Jewish eudaimonism in The Merchant of Venice - Sara Coodin 4: Robert Burton, perfect happiness and the visio dei - Mary Ann Lund Part II - Shakespeare and the language of emotion 5: Spleen in Shakespeare's comedies - Nigel Wood 6: 'Rue even for ruth': Richard II and the imitation of sympathy - Richard Meek 7: What's happiness in Hamlet? - Richard Chamberlain Part 3 - The performance of emotion 8: 'They that tread in a maze': movement as emotion in John Lyly - Andy Kesson 9: (S)wept from power: two versions of tyrannicide in Richard III - Ann Kaegi 10: The affective scripts of early modern execution and murder - Frederika Bain 11: Discrepant emotional awareness in Shakespeare - R. S. White and Ciara Rawnsley Afterword - Peter Holbrook Index