The Reformation of Emotions in the Age of Shakespeare
As Steven Mullaney shows in The Reformation of Emotions in the Age of Shakespeare, Elizabethan popular drama played a significant role in confronting the uncertainties and unresolved traumas of Elizabethan Protestant England. Shakespeare and his contemporaries—audiences as well as playwrights—reshaped popular drama into a new form of embodied social, critical, and affective thought. Examining a variety of works, from revenge plays to Shakespeare’s first history tetralogy and beyond, Mullaney explores how post-Reformation drama not only exposed these faultlines of society on stage but also provoked playgoers in the audience to acknowledge their shared differences. He demonstrates that our most lasting works of culture remain powerful largely because of their deep roots in the emotional landscape of their times.
Introduction Structures of Feeling and the Reformation of Emotions
1 Affective Irony in The Spanish Tragedy, Titus Andronicus, and The Merchant of Venice
2 The Wreckage of History: Memory and Forgetting in Shakespeare’s First History Tetralogy
3 What’s Hamlet to Habermas? Theatrical Publication and the Early Modern Stage