Hunter is a second year PhD student in the department of literatures in English studying perceptions and constructions of emotions from the early Middle Ages through the 17th century. He works in and around the medical humanities focusing on how feelings interact with and affect the body as well as how literature illustrates the relationship between the mind, body, and soul. He is interested in when feelings “produce” disease in medieval literature, particularly lovesickness as a trope in medieval romance. Likewise, he looks at how the construction of gender norms and theories of disease are often influenced by ideas about who gets to feel certain feelings and who does not, such as when desire and love are condoned or condemned in pre-modern literature.
- Medieval Literature
- Affect Theory