Michael Joel Bartelle

Michael Joel Bartelle

Shakespeare Institute
Doctoral researcher

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PhD title: Enacting Dreams of Passion: Affective Alterity in Shakespearean Performance
Supervisor: Dr Erin Sullivan and Professor Michael Dobson
PhD Shakespeare Studies


My thesis explores how temporal and cultural differences between emotion concepts influence actors’ interpretations of the affective processes at play in Shakespearean drama—both in English and in other languages. Following Joseph Roach’s observation that each era’s acting theories tend to draw upon contemporaneous scientific paradigms, I interrogate the strength of links between current formulations of embodied cognition and early modern notions of the interdependence of body, mind, and environment. This interdisciplinary enquiry invokes my research interests of performance philosophy, philosophy of mind (particularly enactivism), the history of emotions, and translation studies.