Affect theory and early modern texts : politics, ecologies, and form / Amanda Bailey ; Mario DiGangi, editors.

[New York, New York] : Palgrave Macmillan, [2017]
Palgrave studies in affect theory and literary criticism.
Palgrave studies in affect theory and literary criticism
xiii, 234 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Affect (Psychology) in literature.
The first book to put contemporary affect theory into conversation with early modern studies, this volume demonstrates how questions of affect illuminate issues of cognition, political agency, historiography, and scientific thought in early modern literature and culture. Engaging various historical and theoretical perspectives, the essays in this volume bring affect to bear on early modern representations of bodies, passions, and social relations by exploring: the role of embodiment in political subjectivity and action; the interactions of human and non-human bodies within ecological systems; and the social and physiological dynamics of theatrical experience. Examining the complexly embodied experiences of leisure, sympathy, staged violence, courtiership, envy, suicide, and many other topics, the contributors open up new ways of understanding how Renaissance writers thought about the capacities, pleasures, and vulnerabilities of the human body. .
Introduction / Amanda Bailey and Mario DiGangi
Part I. Embodying the political
Speak what we feel: sympathy and statecraft / Amanda Bailey
Affective entanglements and alternative histories / Mario DiGangi
Part II. Affective ecologies and environments
Weird Otium / Julian Yates
Self-killing and the matter of affect in Bacon and Spinoza / Drew Daniel
Thinking feeling / Benedict S. Robinson
Crocodile tears: affective fallacies old and new / Joseph Campana
Part III. Affective form
The feel of the slaughterhouse: affective temporalities and Marlowe's The massacre at Paris / Patricia Cahill
Spenser's envious history / David Landreth
Affective contagion on the early modern stage / Evelyn Tribble
Afterword: thinking about affect and emotion in Julius Caesar / Gail Kern Paster.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Local notes:
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Horace Howard Furness Memorial Fund.
Bailey, Amanda (Lecturer in ELT), editor.
DiGangi, Mario, editor.
Horace Howard Furness Memorial Fund.
Horace Howard Furness Memorial Library (University of Pennsylvania)
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