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Shakespearean Sensations
Experiencing Literature in Early Modern England


Katharine A. Craik, Tanya Pollard, Allison P. Hobgood, Allison Deutermann, Douglas Trevor, Hillary Nunn, Matthew Steggle, Thomas Rist, William Kerwin, Margaret Healy, Michael Schoenfeldt, Bruce R. Smith
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  • Date Published: March 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107028005


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  • This strong and timely collection provides fresh insights into how Shakespeare's plays and poems were understood to affect bodies, minds and emotions. Contemporary criticism has had surprisingly little to say about the early modern period's investment in imagining literature's impact on feeling. Shakespearean Sensations brings together scholarship from a range of well-known and new voices to address this fundamental gap. The book includes a comprehensive introduction by Katharine A. Craik and Tanya Pollard and comprises three sections focusing on sensations aroused in the plays; sensations evoked in the playhouse; and sensations found in the imaginative space of the poems. With dedicated essays on Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello and Twelfth Night, the collection explores how seriously early modern writers took their relationship with their audiences and reveals new connections between early modern literary texts and the emotional and physiological experiences of theatregoers.

    • Proposes a new approach to literature by considering emotional and physical responses aroused by early modern plays and poems, appealing to those interested in theatre, literature and affect
    • Contextualises the responses of early modern audiences and readers within the history of medicine and psychology, appealing to those interested in the history of the body and emotions
    • Examines literature's impact through studying formal features such as generic conventions, appeals to readers/spectators and metatheatrical devices, appealing to those interested in the formal features of plays and poems
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107028005
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: imagining audiences Katharine A. Craik and Tanya Pollard
    Part I. Plays:
    1. Feeling fear in Macbeth Allison P. Hobgood
    2. Hearing Iago's withheld confession Allison Deutermann
    3. Self-love, spirituality, and the senses in Twelfth Night Douglas Trevor
    Part II. Playhouses:
    4. Conceiving tragedy Tanya Pollard
    5. Playing with appetite in early modern comedy Hillary Nunn
    6. Notes towards an analysis of early modern applause Matthew Steggle
    7. Catharsis as 'purgation' in Shakespearean drama Thomas Rist
    Part III. Poems:
    8. Epigrammatic commotions William Kerwin
    9. Poetic 'making' and moving the soul Margaret Healy
    10. Shakespearean pain Michael Schoenfeldt
    Afterword: senses of an ending Bruce R. Smith.

  • Editors

    Katharine A. Craik, Oxford Brookes University

    Tanya Pollard, Brooklyn College, City University of New York


    Katharine A. Craik, Tanya Pollard, Allison P. Hobgood, Allison Deutermann, Douglas Trevor, Hillary Nunn, Matthew Steggle, Thomas Rist, William Kerwin, Margaret Healy, Michael Schoenfeldt, Bruce R. Smith

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