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Adam Stanley Potkay
College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA 23186-0002)

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars
Research Programs

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$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2006 – 6/30/2007

The Story of Joy: The Literary and Intellectual History of an Emotion

"The Story of Joy" will provide a literary and intellectual history of "joy" in the Western tradition, with particular emphasis on the early modern period and the "long eighteenth-century"(1660-1832). I contend that the Protestant Reformation ushered in an unprecedented concern with joy as a "fruit of the Spirit"(Galatians 5:22)and that the trajectory from Reformation to literary Romanticism may be understood as the ongoing dialectic between religious and naturalistic discourses of joy.