"This collection looks at the growing rapprochement between contemporary theory and early modern English literary-cultural studies. With sections on posthumanism and cognitive science, political theology, and rematerialism and performance, the essays incorporate recent theoretical inquiries into new readings of early modern texts"-- Provided by publisher.
Tarrying with the subjunctive, an Introduction / Paul Cefalu & Bryan Reynolds Part I. New Formalisms ad Cognitivism: 1. A paltry 'Hoop of Gold': semantics and systematicity in early modern studies / F. Elizabeth Hart; 2. If: Lear's feather and the staging of science / Amy Cook; 3. Ghosting the subjunctive: perceptual technics in Daniel Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year and Transversal (new) media / Jen Boyle; 4. What was Pastoral (Again)?: more versions / Julian Yates Part II. Political Theology and the Religious Turn: 5. Introduction to a Totem Meal: Hans Kelsen, Carl Schmitt and political theology / Julia Reinhard Lupton; 6. The Marlovian sublime: imagination and the problem of political theology / Graham Hammill; 7. Humanism and the resistance to theology / William N. West; 8. 'Grace to Boot': St. Paul, messianic time, and Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale / KenJackson; 9. 'Love's Best Habit': Eros, Agape and the psychotheology of Shakespeare's sonnets / Gary Kuchar Part III. Rematerialisms: 10. Against materialism in literary theory / Ddavid Hawkes; 11. Performativity of the court: Stuart Masque as postdramatic theatre / Jerzy Limon; 12. Shakespeare,iIdealism, and universals: the significance of recent work on the mind / Gabriel Egan; 13. Theater and the scriptural economy in Doctor Faustus / Ian Munro.
Includes index. Includes bibliographical references and index.