The Reformation Of Emotions In The Age Of Shakespeare

Hardcover | July 13, 2015

bySteven Mullaney

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The crises of faith that fractured Reformation Europe also caused crises of individual and collective identity. Structures of feeling as well as structures of belief were transformed; there was a reformation of social emotions as well as a Reformation of faith.

As Steven Mullaney shows in The Reformation of Emotions in the Age of Shakespeare, Elizabethan popular drama played a significant role in confronting the uncertainties and unresolved traumas of Elizabethan Protestant England. Shakespeare and his contemporaries—audiences as well as playwrights—reshaped popular drama into a new form of embodied social, critical, and affective thought. Examining a variety of works, from revenge plays to Shakespeare’s first history tetralogy and beyond, Mullaney explores how post-Reformation drama not only exposed these faultlines of society on stage but also provoked playgoers in the audience to acknowledge their shared differences. He demonstrates that our most lasting works of culture remain powerful largely because of their deep roots in the emotional landscape of their times.

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The crises of faith that fractured Reformation Europe also caused crises of individual and collective identity. Structures of feeling as well as structures of belief were transformed; there was a reformation of social emotions as well as a Reformation of faith. As Steven Mullaney shows in The Reformation of Emotions in the Age of Shake...

Steven Mullaney is professor of English at the University of Michigan. He is also the author of The Place of the Stage: License, Play, and Power in Renaissance England.

other books by Steven Mullaney

Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:July 13, 2015Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226547639

ISBN - 13:9780226547633

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Prologue

Introduction Structures of Feeling and the Reformation of Emotions

1 Affective Irony in The Spanish Tragedy, Titus Andronicus, and The Merchant of Venice
2 The Wreckage of History: Memory and Forgetting in Shakespeare’s First History Tetralogy
3 What’s Hamlet to Habermas? Theatrical Publication and the Early Modern Stage

Epilogue

Notes

Index

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“Armed with an impassioned insight into the importance and meanings of our shared experience, and an inspired vision of the unique role of theatre as an art form, Mullaney has once more made a groundbreaking contribution to the field of English Renaissance studies. The Reformation of Emotions in the Age of Shakespeare demonstrates how much the dramatic and cultural performances of the period mattered, and illustrates how much they can, in the right hands, advance our understanding of the impact of the Reformation on English life.”