All’s Well That Ends Well?
Happiness, ambivalence, and story genre
in Positive emotions in early modern literature and culture
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In ‘All’s Well that Ends Well: Happiness, ambivalence, and story genre’, Patrick Colm Hogan investigates the narrative and generic workings of ambivalence in Shakespeare’s so-called ‘problem comedies’: works infamous for containing sequences of both comic mirth and complex psychological darkness. Drawing on the affective sciences, Hogan argues that the features of All’s Well That Ends Wellsuggest that our view of some emotions as purely positive may be overly optimistic, and that even feelings of attachment are not wholly or necessarily positive—hedonically, prudentially, or morally.

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