Shakespeare and Early Modern Emotion

Source et informations pratiques: University of Hull

An International and Interdisciplinary Conference

29 June – 1 July 2011
The Andrew Marvell Centre, The University of Hull

This conference will explore the performance and representation of emotion in the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. In the last decade, scholars have been increasingly interested in the cultural history of emotions, arguing that they should be regarded as ‘social phenomena’ rather than inward experiences. At the same time, we have seen a resurgence of interest in the ethical and philosophical aspects of literary texts, and a return to thinking about ideas of ‘human nature’.

How did Shakespeare and his contemporaries respond to and/or shape early modern conceptions of emotion? How do early modern plays and poems speak to current debates about emotion, culture, and what it is to be human? Do early modern texts suggest that emotions are bound up with language and culture, or can we make a case for emotions as a transhistorical or even ‘universal’ category?


Please note that this schedule remains provisional and is subject to change.

Wednesday 29th June

3:00pm: Registration and tea

4:00pm: Welcome

Plenary: Neil Rhodes, ‘The Science of the Heart: Shakespeare, Kames, and the Eighteenth-Century Invention of the Human’

5.30pm: Music recital: Christopher R. Wilson and Pam Waddington Muse (University Chapel, Middleton Hall)

6:00pm: Drinks reception (Art Gallery, Middleton Hall)

Thursday 30th June

9.30 – 11.00am

Panel A – Diagnosing Emotion: Sickness and Selfhood

Nigel Wood (Loughborough University), ‘Spleen in Shakespearean Comedies’

David Thorley (Durham University), ‘Illness and Emotion in Seventeenth-Century Autobiography’

Eleonora Oggiano (University of Verona), ‘Beyond the Body: Performing Diagnosis of Passions on the Jacobean Stage’

Panel B – Theorising Emotion: Physiology, Psychology, Philosophy

Erin Sullivan (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham), ‘“No deeper wrinkles yet?”: Rethinking the Physiology of the Early Modern Passions’

R. S. White (University of Western Australia), ‘Mixed Emotions’

Richard Chamberlain (University of Northampton), ‘What’s Happiness in Hamlet?’

11:00am: Coffee

11.30 – 1:00pm

Panel A – Controlling Emotion: Manipulation and Suppression

David Bagchi (University of Hull), ‘“The Scripture moveth us in sundry places”: Controlling Emotions in the Book of Common Prayer and the First and Second Books of Homilies’

Frederika Bain (University of Hawaii), ‘Pardoning the Headsman: Affect in Early Modern Representations of Execution and Murder’

Caroline Bauer (Philipps University Marburg), ‘“We think caged birds sing, when indeed they cry”: Suppressed Emotions in Jacobean Revenge tragedies’

Panel B – Performing Emotion: Rhetoric, Gesture, Music

Cinta Zunino-Garrido (University of Jaen), ‘Pandora’s “passion of the heart”: Inward Experience in John Lyly’s The Woman in the Moon’

Farah Karim-Cooper (Shakespeare’s Globe), ‘Gestural Narratio and the Emotive Hand’

Christopher R. Wilson (University of Hull), ‘“Musicke that may fitlie expresse the passions”: Shakespeare’s Emotional Musical Imagery’

1:00pm: Lunch

2:00 – 3.30pm

Panel A – Poetic Emotion: Shakespeare, Jonson, Herbert

Maria-Eirini Panagiotidou (University of Nottingham), ‘A Cognitive Exploration of Shakespearean Sonnets and Emotion’

Akihiko Shimizu (University of St Andrews), ‘The Image of the Body in Ben Jonson’s Language’

Paul Munn (Saginaw Valley State University), ‘Poetic Artifice and the Representation of Emotion: The Case of George Herbert’

Panel B – Pity, Sympathy, and Gender

Christian Smith (University of Warwick), ‘Flavius’ Womanly Weeping: Mutual Recognition in Timon of Athens’

Toria Johnson (University of St Andrews), ‘A “Gentil Herte”: The Problem of Masculine Pity in Renaissance Courtship’

Paola Baseotto (University of Insubria), ‘Spenser’s Use of the Discourse of Emotion to Voice Disapproval of Unmerciful Treatments of Suicides’

3.30pm: Tea


Panel A – Historicising Grief: Mourning, Consolation, and Loss

Sonja Fielitz (Philipps University Marburg), ‘“Give Sorrow Words” (or Gestures?): Grief, Consolation, and Mourning in Early Modern Constructs of Adults and Infants’

Keverne Smith (College of West Anglia), ‘The Loss of a Child: Early Modern Perspectives’

Panel B – Interpreting Emotion: The Blush

Stephen Curtis (Lancaster University), ‘“I have thrown out words / That would have fetched warm blood upon the cheeks / Of guilty men”: Blushing, the Interrogative Gaze, and Bodily Proof in Early Modern Drama’

N. R. Helms (University of Alabama), ‘The Epistemology of a Blush: (Mis)Interpreting Emotion in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing’

5.15pm: Plenary: Andy Mousley, ‘“True Lively Knowledge”: Shakespeare, Emotion and Early Modern Culture’

8:00pm: Conference dinner

Friday 1st July


Panel A – Contagious and Erotic Passions

Eric Langley (Royal Holloway, University of London), ‘“She blushed because he blushed”: Contagious Passions in Sidney’s Arcadia’

Marie-Christine Munoz (University of Montpellier III), ‘Shakespeare’s “fainting” Women; or, the Representation of Erotic Passions according to Jacques Ferrand’s De la maladie d’amour ou mélancolie érotique (1610)’

Panel B – Public Emotion: Satire, Politics, and the Court

Cliff Forshaw (University of Hull), ‘“Let Custards quake!”: John Marston’s Barking Satyrist as Angry, Envious Philosopher’

Paula de Pando (University of Seville), ‘“Why Sighes your Maiestie?”: Towards a Political Model of Passion in Dekker and Webster’s The Famous History of Sir Thomas Wyatt (1602)’

Imke Kimpel (Philipps University Marburg), ‘“All Is True”: Authenticity of Emotion in Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida and Henry VIII’

11.30am: Coffee

12.00pm: Plenary: John Lee, ‘A “trunk of humours”? Falstaff, Galen, and Friendship’

1:00pm: Lunch & close of conference

Citer ce billet
Damien Boquet (2011, 16 mai). Shakespeare and Early Modern Emotion. Les émotions au Moyen Âge, carnet d'EMMA. Consulté le 17 juin 2024, à l’adresse