‘My crown is called content’
Positive, negative, and political affects in Shakespeare’s first tetralogy
in Positive emotions in early modern literature and culture
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In ‘“My crown is called content”: positive, negative, and political affects in Shakespeare’s first tetralogy’, Paul Joseph Zajac traces the ways these political plays explore the vitality and limitations of a practiced contentment as a mode of leadership and political survival. While this subtle emotion might not be fully captured by humoral accounts of emotions in the period, it was indeed central to political philosophy and ethics, and as Zajac argues, operated to build communities through its unique characteristics of containment.

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