Semester Two 2019/20 Office Hour: Tuesdays 10:00- 11:00 (Jessop West 2.01a)
My thesis examines the role emotion played in constructing, maintaining and undermining social status in early modern England. It does this first at a conceptual level, using dictionaries and conduct literature in order to construct the early modern emotional lexicon and analyse the ways in which it was explicitly employed to cultivate ideal dispositions and behaviours in readers.
The second half of the thesis studies court depositions and diaries to uncover how these concepts informed social practice among men and women at different levels of social status.
Associate Tutor: HST115 The 'Disenchantment' of Early Modern Europe, c. 1570-1770