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Michael Neill: Shakespeare and Emotion

13 July 2016
The Reformation of Emotions in the Age of Shakespeare 
by Steven Mullaney.
Chicago, 231 pp., £24.50, July 2015, 978 0 226 11709 6
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... sanctions of enforced forgetfulness. That, at any rate, is the notion that drives the argument of Steven Mullaney’s new book. The Reformation of Emotions in the Age of Shakespeare begins in the prescribed New Historicist fashion, with a telling anecdote: During the night of 10 April 1549, a procession of carts rumbled through the streets of London on ...
5 January 1989
Shakespearean Negotiations: The Circulation of Social Energy in Renaissance England 
by Stephen Greenblatt.
Oxford, 205 pp., £22.50, April 1988, 0 19 812980 7
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Representing the English Renaissance 
edited by Stephen Greenblatt.
California, 372 pp., $42, February 1988, 0 520 06129 2
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... and it may be useful to concentrate on the first, and in particular the essays by Louis Montrose, Steven Mullaney, Patricia Fumerton and Richard Helgerson. All four are officially teachers of English literature, but their interests, like Greenblatt’s, have led them to transgress disciplinary boundaries and to work on what looks to me rather like ...

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