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Disordered Affects: Unruly Feeling in the Early Modern Period

Posted By Marion Wells, Saturday, April 8, 2017

We are seeking papers for a panel to be held at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in New Orleans, March 22–24, 2018.

This panel will explore the representation of disordered affect in the 16th and 17th centuries in England. This period arguably saw a shift from a largely humoral understanding of the passions to a more “psychologically” or cognitively minded theorization of their sources, as well as tension between the neo-Stoic view of the passions as pathological, and more positive medical accounts of emotional expression as beneficial to health.  We welcome papers that reflect on this complex and sometimes contradictory construction of the passions in this era by investigating in particular emotional expression that was regarded as transgressive, disorderly, or unruly in some way.  We are especially interested in papers that engage with issues of gender and sexuality, including but not limited to such topics as: childbirth, child loss, practices pertaining to death and dying, grief, courtship, matrimony, adultery, and friendship.   

Please send 300-word abstracts and short cv to Marion Wells (mwells@middlebury.edu) by May 20th.

Tags:  Affect  Childbirth  Child-loss  Death  Emotion  Friendship  Love 

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