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Early Modern States of Mind

Posted By James A. Knapp, Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Sponsored by the Discipline of English Literature

Early modern literature is saturated with representations of states of mind: melancholy, jealousy, ecstasy, distraction, affection, calm, etc. How are such states reflected in and produced by the period’s literary practices? Is it possible to disentangle the representation of a state of mind from its expression?  To what extent do states of mind figure the aesthetic features of early modern literature?  And how do states of mind relate to embodied experience in the early modern world?


This panel invites individual paper proposals addressing any aspect of the presentation, performance, and/or representation of states of mind in the period.  Please send an abstract (150 words, max), and a 1-page abbreviated CV to James Knapp ( by June 4th. 

Tags:  affect  cognitive theory  Literature  poetics  theory of mind 

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