Affect Theory and Early Modern Texts

Politics, Ecologies, and Form

  • Amanda Bailey
  • Mario DiGangi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Amanda Bailey, Mario DiGangi
    Pages 1-23
  3. Embodying the Political

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
  4. Affective Ecologies and Environments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Julian Yates
      Pages 69-88
    3. Benedict S. Robinson
      Pages 109-127
  5. Affective Form

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 223-234

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. 


Affect Affect Theory Britain cultural theory culture history of literature literary theory literature

Editors and affiliations

  • Amanda Bailey
    • 1
  • Mario DiGangi
    • 2
  1. 1.EnglishUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  2. 2.The Graduate Center, CUNYCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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