Structures of Feeling in Seventeenth-Century Cultural Expression
Published: March 2013© 2013
400 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
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Between the waning of the Renaissance and the beginning of the Enlightenment, many fundamental aspects of human behaviour - from expressions of gender to the experience of time - underwent radical changes. While some of these transformations were recorded in words, others have survived in non-verbal cultural media, notably the visual arts, poetry, theatre, music, and dance. Structures of Feeling in Seventeenth-Century Cultural Expression explores how artists made use of these various cultural forms to grapple with human values in the increasingly heterodox world of the 1600s.
Essays from prominent historians, musicologists, and art critics examine methods of non-verbal cultural expression through the broad themes of time, motion, the body, and global relations. Together, they show that seventeenth-century cultural expression was more than just an embryonic stage within Western artistic development. Instead, the contributors argue that this period marks some of the most profound changes in European subjectivities.
‘There is much to be gained from reading the work of a distinguished group of scholars working at the top of their game, drawing broadly on literary, musical, art historical, and colonial histories to particularize what McClary, borrowing a term from Raymond Williams, calls ‘‘the structures of feeling’’ of early modernity.’ Gail Kern Paster, Renaissance Quarterly vol 66:04:2013
‘In a series of provocative essays on an array of topics in seventeenth-century studies, Structures of Feeling in Seventeenth-Century Cultural Expressions contributes to our understanding of the messiness of thought in early modern Europe.’Rebecca Cypess, H-France vol 15:53:2015
‘The essays in this collection demonstrate smart approaches to thinking about fleeting feeling in the widely diverse cultures of seventeenth-century Europe… These essays will be useful to scholars of art, music, culture, history, and literary works.’Aleksondra Hultquist, Francia-Recensio -Perspectiva.net August 2015