Book Chapter

"What Passions cannot Musick Raise and Quell!" The Pindaric Ode and the Musical Sublime in the History of Emotions

Miranda Stanyon

Understanding Emotions in Early Europe | Brepols | Published : 2015


This book investigates how medieval and early modern Europeans constructed, understood, and articulated emotions. The essays trace concurrent lines of influence that shaped post-Classical understandings of emotions, through overlapping philosophical, rhetorical, and theological discourses. They show the effects of developments in genre and literary, aesthetic, and cognitive theories on depictions of psychological and embodied emotion in literature. They map the deeply embedded emotive content inherent in rituals, formal documents, daily conversation, communal practice, and cultural memory. The contributors focus on the mediation and interpretation of pre-modern emotional experience in cultur..

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