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Palgrave Studies in Affect Theory and Literary Criticism

Affect Theory and Early Modern Texts

Politics, Ecologies, and Form

Editors: Bailey, Amanda, DiGangi, Mario (Eds.)

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About this book

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. 

About the authors

Amanda Bailey is Professor of English at the University of Maryland, USA. She is the author of Of Bondage: Debt, Property, and Personhood in Early Modern England, Masculinity and the Metropolis of Vice, 1550-1650, co-edited with Roze Hentschell, and Flaunting: Style and the Subversive Male Body in Renaissance England.
Mario DiGangi is Professor of English at Lehman College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is the author of The Homoerotics of Early Modern Drama and Sexual Types: Embodiment, Agency, and Dramatic Character from Shakespeare to Shirley. He has edited Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Winter’s Tale

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Bailey, Amanda (et al.)

    Pages 1-23

  • Speak What We Feel: Sympathy and Statecraft

    Bailey, Amanda

    Pages 27-46

  • Affective Entanglements and Alternative Histories

    DiGangi, Mario

    Pages 47-66

  • Weird Otium

    Yates, Julian

    Pages 69-88

  • Self-Killing and the Matter of Affect in Bacon and Spinoza

    Daniel, Drew

    Pages 89-108

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-56126-8
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Hardcover $109.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-57074-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Affect Theory and Early Modern Texts
Book Subtitle
Politics, Ecologies, and Form
Editors
  • Amanda Bailey
  • Mario DiGangi
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Affect Theory and Literary Criticism
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-56126-8
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-56126-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-57074-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 234
Number of Illustrations
3 illustrations in colour
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