Journals Higher Education



Published: 03 March 2016

256 Pages | 21 black and white images


ISBN: 9780198739654

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Beyond Melancholy

Sadness and Selfhood in Renaissance England

Erin Sullivan

Emotions in History

  • Looks at the experience of Renaissance sadness beyond the condition of melancholy
  • Takes the study of Renaissance emotion beyond the humoral body, reclaiming the 'immaterial' dimensions of sadness
  • Highlights the profound connection between emotion and selfhood in Renaissance writings
  • Examines the understanding and experience of sadness in the Renaissance across medical, philosophical, religious, and literary texts
  • Demonstrates the value of literary and dramatic texts to the study of emotions history, highlighting their potential for 'emotive improvisation'

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