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.