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Medieval Affect, Feeling, and Emotion

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Glenn D. Burger, Holly A. Crocker Stephanie Trigg, Patricia DeMarco, Brantley L. Bryant, Sarah Salih, Emma Lipton, Anke Bernau, Anthony Bale
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  • Date Published: April 2019
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  • isbn: 9781108634854

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  • Representations of feeling in medieval literature are varied and complex. This new collection of essays demonstrates that the history of emotions and affect theory are similarly insufficient for investigating the intersection of body and mind that late Middle English literatures evoke. While medieval studies has generated a rich scholarly literature on 'affective piety', this collection charts an intersectional new investigation of affects, feelings, and emotions in non-religious contexts. From Geoffrey Chaucer to Gavin Douglas, and from practices of witnessing to the adoration of objects, essays in this volume analyze the coexistence of emotion and affect in late medieval representations of feeling.

    • Proposes an intersectional approach to affect, feeling and emotion in late Medieval English literature
    • Does not confine the study of affect to pious works but applies them to secular literature
    • Examines works by authors such as Geoffrey Chaucer and Gavin Douglas
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    • Date Published: April 2019
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108634854
    • contains: 4 b/w illus.
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Glenn D. Burger and Holly A. Crocker
    1. Weeping like a beaten child: figurative language and the emotions in Chaucer and Malory Stephanie Trigg
    2. Imagining Jewish affect in the Siege of Jerusalem Patricia DeMarco
    3. Engendering affect in Hoccleve's Series Holly A. Crocker
    4. Becoming one flesh, inhabiting two genders: ugly feelings and blocked emotion in the Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale Glenn D. Burger
    5. Accounting for affect in the Reeve's Tale Brantley L. Bryant
    6. Affect machines Sarah Salih
    7. Witnessing and legal affect in the York Trial plays Emma Lipton
    8. Affecting forms: theorizing with The Palis of Honoure Anke Bernau
    Afterword: three letters Anthony Bale.

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    Glenn D. Burger, Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY
    Glenn D. Burger is Professor of English and Medieval Studies at Queens College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York, and Dean of Graduate Studies at Queens College. He has edited Hetoum's A Lytell Cronycle (1988) and (with Steven Kruger) Queering the Middle Ages (2001). He is author of Chaucer's Queer Nation (2003) and Conduct Becoming: Good Wives and Husbands in the Later Middle Ages (2017).

    Holly A. Crocker, University of South Carolina
    Holly A. Crocker is Professor of English at the University of South Carolina. She is author of The Matter of Virtue: Women's Ethical Action from Chaucer to Shakespeare (forthcoming), Chaucer's Visions of Manhood (2007), editor of Comic Provocations: Exposing the Corpus of Old French Fabliaux (2006), and co-editor of Medieval Literature: Criticism and Debates (2014; with D. Vance Smith).


    Glenn D. Burger, Holly A. Crocker Stephanie Trigg, Patricia DeMarco, Brantley L. Bryant, Sarah Salih, Emma Lipton, Anke Bernau, Anthony Bale

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