Carolyne Larrington
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The Conclusion to the book summarises the book’s larger arguments, asserting that medieval literature has much to contribute to our understanding of emotion in medieval historical contexts. It weighs the relative usefulness of the theoretical and methodological strategies investigated in the book. In seeking to answer the questions raised in the book about words, bodies, performativity, audiences and change, it also identifies emerging issues that the analysis has raised. The Conclusion also foregrounds the importance of various kinds of intertextual relationships for the creation and transmission of existing and innovating generic emotional norms, as successive generations of authors and audiences explore genre-related emotion schemas as effective in communicating and producing feelings. Whether they work to maintain or subvert or whether they innovate and alter existing models, emotions in literature move, educate and inform English audiences about changing ways to be human across the medieval era.

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