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History 455 - History of Emotion: Reference Works

Reference Books

The History of Emotions: An Introduction


The history of emotions is one of the fastest growing fields in current historical debate, and this is the first book-length introduction to the field, synthesizing the current research, and offering direction for future study, moving beyond the traditional debate between social constructivist and universalist theories of emotion.

The Navigation of Feeling: A Framework for the History of Emotions

He demonstrates how emotions change over time, how emotions have a very important impact on the course of events, and how different social orders either facilitate or constrain emotional life. In an investigation of Revolutionary France, where sentimentalism in literature and philosophy had promised a new and unprecedented kind of emotional liberty, Reddy's theory of emotions and historical change is successfully put to the test.

Early Modern Emotions: An Introduction


An introduction to the concepts, approaches and sources used to study emotions, and to the perspectives that analysis of the history of emotions can offer early modern studies more broadly. 

Facing Fear: The History of an Emotion in Global Perspective

The volume contributes to the thriving literature on the history of emotions and destabilizes narratives that have often understood fear in very specific linguistic, cultural, and geographical settings. 

Structures of Feeling in Seventeenth-Century Cultural Expression


Structures of Feeling in Seventeenth-Century Cultural Expression explores how artists made use of various cultural forms - notably the visual arts, poetry, theatre, music, and dance - to grapple with human values in the increasingly heterodox world of the 1600s.

The Secret History of Emotion: From Aristotle's Rhetoric to Modern Brain Science

In Gross’s historical analysis of emotion, Aristotle and Hobbes’s rhetoric show that our passions do not stem from some inherent, universal nature of men and women, but rather are conditioned by power relations and social hierarchies. He follows up with consideration of how political passions are distributed to some people but not to others using the Roman Stoics as a guide. Hume and contemporary theorists like Judith Butler, meanwhile, explain to us how psyches are shaped by power.

The Soft Underbelly of Reason: The Passions in the Seventeenth Century

This book provides a valuable understanding on the different views of the passions in the Seventeenth Century. The contributors show that fundamental questions about the nature of wisdom, goodness and beauty were understood in terms of the contrast between reason and passions in this era.

Emotions and Health, 1200-1700


Examines theological and medical approaches to the 'passions' as alterations affecting both mind and body. It focuses on sorrow, fear and anger, on constructions of the melancholic subject, and on the effects of music on health.

Geometry of the Passions: Fear, Hope, Happiness: Philosophy and Political Use


The passions have long been condemned as the creator of disturbance and the purveyor of the temporary loss of reason, but, as Remo Bodei argues in Geometry of the Passions, we must abandon the perception that order and disorder are in a constant state of collision.

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