Abstract

This article demonstrates the debt of eighteenth-century theories of theatrical emotion to classical, Scholastic, Cartesian, and post-Cartesian philosophies of the passions. An understanding of emotion as a literal movement of the human soul is traced across the philosophy of René Descartes and Nicolas Malebranche, the aesthetics of Jean-Baptiste Dubos, and the acting theory of Pierre Rémond de Sainte-Albine and Denis Diderot. The kinetic-kinesthetic epistemologies of emotion contained in these texts, it is argued, ought to provoke renewed attention to the vicarious experience of affect within contemporary performance scholarship.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1935-0201
Print ISSN
0193-5380
Pages
pp. 432-454
Launched on MUSE
2012-11-26
Open Access
No
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