Bradley Irish deposited Emotion in the Tudor Court: Literature, History, and Early Modern Feeling (Northwestern UP, 2018) in the group Interdisciplinary Approaches to Culture and Society on MLA Commons 1 week, 3 days ago
Uniting literary analysis, theories of emotion from the sciences and humanities, and a deeply archival account of Tudor history, Emotion in the Tudor Court freshly examines how literature reflects and constructs the dynamics of emotional life in the Renaissance courtly sphere. Spanning the 16th century — with chapters on Cardinal Thomas Wolsey and Henrician satire, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey and elegy, Sir Philip Sidney and Elizabethan pageantry, and Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex and factional literature — this study argues that the dynamics of disgust, envy, rejection, and dread, as they are currently theorized in the modern affective sciences, can be seen to guide textual production in the early modern court. With a multidisciplinary approach, the book develops and advances current scholarly treatments of early modern emotionality—which, in their largely historicist orientation, have tended to consider only how emotions were understood by Renaissance subjects. Because emotions are both socially contingent and biologically grounded, the author demonstrates the value of placing the transhistorical insights of the modern affective sciences alongside the still crucial findings of the historicist mode.