Amy B. Oberlin

Amy B. Oberlin

Program: Modern Europe

Dissertation: "Love and loyal actions": Royal Ceremony and Affective Rhetoric in the Public Sphere, 1702-1727 

Office:  Crown Center 557


Faculty Advisor: Professor Robert O. Bucholz



PhD Candidate, Loyola University Chicago, 2009 - Present; expected completion, 2015

MA, Loyola University Chicago, 2009

BA, Vanderbilt University, 2003

Awards and Fellowships


Historic Royal Palaces, Bursary for The Making of a Monarchy for the Modern World Conference, Kensington Palace, London, U.K., June 2012


Merit Award Fellowship, Loyola University Chicago, August 2012- May 2013

Research Interests

My broad research interests lie in the relationship between emotions and power structures. My dissertation analyzes the ways that affective rhetoric reflects the chainging relationship between the court and the public sphere in early eighteenth-century England. During this period, the public sphere took the court's place as arbiter of culture. By charting the changes in affective rhetoric, this project offers insight into the ways the monarch became part of the public sphere as the the court's influence declined.

Conference Papers


“Affective Relationships and Political Authority in the Commemoration of William III’s Entry into The Hague”, Midwest Conference on British Studies, Baldwin Wallace College, October 2010


“Love and Politics in the Exegesis of Hrabanus Maurus”, Midwest Medieval History Conference, Notre Dame University, September 2009


“Clothed in Virtue: The Imperial Body in Hrabanus Maurus’s Exegesis for Empress Judith”,  Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, St. Louis University, October 2008


“Biblical Models for Rulers in the Exegesis of Hrabanus Maurus”, (presented viva voca by a substitute, on account of illness), History Graduate Student Association Conference, Loyola University Chicago, April 2008

“Emotional Violence in Early Ireland, from the 6th through the 8th Centuries”, History Graduate Student Association Conference, Loyola University Chicago, April 2007

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