Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
This dissertation explores the intersections of emotion and Protestant theology in late-16th-century German literature. The project demonstrates the availability of even secular texts to confessional readings through the analysis of representations of emotions. Post-Reformation texts practice an emotional exemplarity that highlights the effects - including the spiritual effects - which emotional experiences have on the individual. I argue that narrative representations of emotions at this moment reflect anxieties about the nebulous nature of faith, and its central role in Protestant salvation. Close readings of widely-read texts such as the 1587 Faustbuch, Melusine, and Hans Sach's Judith: ein Comedi, among others support this claim.
Chair and Committee
Gerhild S Williams
Lynne Tatlock, Matt Erlin, Christine Johnson, Abram Van Engen
Leeper, Georgia Anna, "Feeling Doctrine: Religious Meanings of Emotion in Sixteenth-Century German Literature" (2014). Arts & Sciences Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 365.