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Conclusion

Regaining Contentment?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  15 December 2022

Paul Joseph Zajac
Affiliation:
McDaniel College
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Summary

While the five chapters examine aspects of early modern contentment that often challenge reigning critical and theoretical assumptions, the conclusion revisits the significance of those assumptions. In this way, the book not only provides a literary and intellectual history of contentedness in the Renaissance, but it also explores the merits such contentment might have in a contemporary context. Just as an emergent Protestant culture and an outpouring of English literature on page and stage precipitated widespread interest in contentedness, subsequent shifts in philosophy, science, global affairs, and artistic sensibilities led to yet another reappraisal. The consequences of that reappraisal, the deformation of contentment, persist to the present day.

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Emotion and the Self in English Renaissance Literature
Reforming Contentment
, pp. 153 - 155
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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  • Conclusion
  • Paul Joseph Zajac, McDaniel College
  • Book: Emotion and the Self in English Renaissance Literature
  • Online publication: 15 December 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009271653.007
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  • Conclusion
  • Paul Joseph Zajac, McDaniel College
  • Book: Emotion and the Self in English Renaissance Literature
  • Online publication: 15 December 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009271653.007
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  • Conclusion
  • Paul Joseph Zajac, McDaniel College
  • Book: Emotion and the Self in English Renaissance Literature
  • Online publication: 15 December 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009271653.007
Available formats
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