The Palgrave Handbook of Affect Studies and Textual Criticism

  • Donald R. Wehrs
  • Thomas Blake

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Contexts and Foci

  3. Affectivity and Textuality

  4. Varieties of Affective/Textual Interplay

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 855-883

About this book


This volume provides a comprehensive account of how scholarship on affect and scholarship on texts have come to inform one another over the past few decades. The result has been that explorations of how texts address, elicit, shape, and dramatize affect have become central to contemporary work in literary, film, and art criticism, as well as in critical theory, rhetoric, performance studies, and aesthetics. Guiding readers to the variety of topics, themes, interdisciplinary dialogues, and sub-disciplinary specialties that the study of interplay between affect and texts has either inaugurated or revitalized, the handbook showcases and engages the diversity of scholarly topics, approaches, and projects that thinking of affect in relation to texts and related media open up or enable. These include (but are not limited to) investigations of what attention to affect brings to established methods of studying texts—in terms of period, genre, cultural contexts, rhetoric, and individual authorship.


effect of fiction on empathy William James and affect theory Brian Massumi Sylvan Tomkins Antonio Damasio cognitive literary studies Jordan Zlatev evolution of language trust in shakespearean plays social categorization formation of in-groups and out-groups neuroscience and affect affect and ethical development plasticity of empathy Gilles Deleuze New Materialism deconstruction of reason Kenneth Burke and aesthetic form affect and tragedy Jane Austen and Affect

Editors and affiliations

  • Donald R. Wehrs
    • 1
  • Thomas Blake
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EnglishAuburn UniversityAuburnUSA
  2. 2.English/Philosophy DepartmentMonroe Community CollegeRochesterUSA

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