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Maitland, Sarah Hattie. “Temperance in the Age of Feeling: Sensibility, Pedagogy, and Poetry in the Eighteenth Century.” Proquest Dissertations and Theses. U of Rhode Island, 2015.

British Romanticism has traditionally been understood as participating in a narrative of progressive secularism. “Temperance in the Age of Feeling” seeks to challenge this narrative by examining the influence of temperance on Romantic conceptualizations of the relationship between sensation, thought, and feeling. “Temperance in the Age of Feeling” begins by investigating Romantic notions of temperance as influenced by Book II of Spenser’s The Faerie Queene. It claims that Romantic temperance differs from classical temperance because Romantic temperance is concerned with balancing mental faculties while classical temperance is concerned with moderating passions. Next it considers how temperance influenced Romantic theories of the relationship between the senses and the mind. Drawing on the study of neuro-Romanticism, it argues that Romantic medicine and Romantic poetry shared a concern with the possible negative repercussions of sensory overstimulation. In the final chapter it engages with the overlap between temperance in Romantic theories of education and religious sermons from the period. By pairing education theory with religious sermons “Temperance in the Age of Feeling” shows the ways that religious thought on temperance influenced many of the educational ideas that continue to govern modern pedagogy. [SM]

Streeter, Ashley. “‘Fooles in Retayle’: Personae and Print in the Long 1590s.” Proquest Dissertations and Theses. Columbia U, 2015.

This dissertation focuses on the proliferation of literary personae in print between 1588 and 1603, a phenomenon which generated the conditions for print stardom, heated debate, cross-volume narratives, and a culture of literary appropriation. Each chapter focuses on a different persona—Colin Clout, Martin Marprelate, Thomas Nashe, and Robert Greene—and contains close readings of generically diverse texts. In so doing, the project tells a new story about literary culture of the 1590s, a story in which personae stimulated the print market by becoming textual celebrities, fighting with one another, and capitalizing on already well-known textual personalities’ fame. [AS]


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"Dissertations," Spenser Review 45.1.20 (Spring-Summer 2015). Accessed April 15th, 2024.
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