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Passion's Fictions from Shakespeare to Richardson

Literature and the Sciences of Soul and Mind

Benedict S. Robinson

Passion's Fictions from Shakespeare to Richardson

Passion's Fictions from Shakespeare to Richardson

Literature and the Sciences of Soul and Mind

Passion's Fictions from Shakespeare to Richardson

 

Explores the history of literature and narrative in relation to early modern ideas of the passions, and argues that literature and rhetoric came to play a central role in knowing and conceiving of the passions.


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Beschrijving Passion's Fictions from Shakespeare to Richardson

Passion's Fictions traces the intimate links between literature and the sciences of mind and soul from the age of Shakespeare to the rise of the novel. It chronicles the emergence of new sciences of the passions between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, and it argues that this history was shaped by rhetoric that contained the most extensively particularized discourse on the passions, offering principles for moving and affecting the passions of others
in concrete social scenes. This rhetoric of the passions centered on narrative as the instrument of a non-theoretical knowledge of the passions in their particularity, predicated on an account of passion as an intimate relation between an impassioned mind and an impassioning world: rhetoric offers a kind of
externalist psychology, formalized in the relation of passion to action and underwriting an account of narrative as a means of both moving passion and knowing it.

This volume describes the psychology of the passions before the discipline of psychology, tracing the influence of rhetoric on theories of the passions from Francis Bacon to Adam Smith and using that history to read literary works by Shakespeare, Milton, Haywood, Richardson, and others. Narrative offers a means of knowing and moving the passions by tracing them to the events and objects that generate them; the history of narrative practices is thus a key part of the history of the psychology of
the passions at a critical moment in its development.


ISBN
9780198869177
Pagina's
288
Verschenen
NUR
320
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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