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Spectrum of Emotions

From Love to Grief


Edited By Wojciech Drąg and Ewa Kębłowska-Ławniczak

The authors of this volume discuss the tangible need for a revision of the vocabulary of emotion used in literary criticism and culture studies. The articles offer a wide range of interdisciplinary approaches to emotional states such as love, shame, grief, nostalgia and trauma. They demonstrate that the once stable concept of emotion disintegrates in the course of re-evaluation and is replaced by such notions as affects, passions, feelings and emotions. This volume examines the representations of emotion in drama, poetry and prose – from the anonymous Court of Love (ca. 1500) to Ali Smith’s How to Be Both (2014) – as well as in life writing, music, the visual arts and theology.
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Rowland Cotterill - Emotions, Emotionalism, and Moods: Can We Give Hamlet Any Good Advice?


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Rowland Cotterill

Independent scholar, Great Britain

Emotions, Emotionalism, and Moods: Can We Give Hamlet Any Good Advice?

Are Hamlet’s emotions excessive and self-indulgent? Does he understand them? Does he match them to appropriate situations and targets? How wisely does he choose times and places for their display and concealment? Are his passions too weak, too great, or too random for him to address the demands of action and bring it to a conclusion? Can he be given any emotional advice?

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