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Early Modern Emotions
An Introduction

Edited By

Susan Broomhall

ISBN 9781138925755
Published January 13, 2017 by Routledge
424 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Early Modern Emotions is a student-friendly introduction to the concepts, approaches and sources used to study emotions in early modern Europe, and to the perspectives that analysis of the history of emotions can offer early modern studies more broadly.

The volume is divided into four sections that guide students through the key processes and practices employed in current research on the history of emotions. The first explains how key terms and concepts in the study of emotions relate to early modern Europe, while the second focuses on the unique ways in which emotions were conceptualized at the time. The third section introduces a range of sources and methodologies that are used to analyse early modern emotions. The final section includes a wide-ranging selection of thematic topics covering war, religion, family, politics, art, music, literature and the non-human world to show how analysis of emotions may offer new perspectives on the early modern period more broadly.

Each section offers bite-sized, accessible commentaries providing students new to the history of emotions with the tools to begin their own investigations. Each entry is supported by annotated further reading recommendations pointing students to the latest research in that area and at the end of the book is a general bibliography, which provides a comprehensive list of current scholarship.

This book is the perfect starting point for any student wishing to study emotions in early modern Europe.


Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables


Notes on Contributors


Susan Broomhall

I. Modern Theories and Models of Emotions

I.1 Emotional community

Andrew Lynch

I.2 Emotives and emotional regimes

Tania M. Colwell

I.3 Affect theory

Stephanie Trigg

I.4 Performance and performativity

Katie Barclay

I.5 Materiality

Sarah Randles

I.6 Space and place

Katie Barclay

I.7 Psychological approaches

Jane W. Davidson and Sandra Garrido

I.8 Large dataset mining

Inger Leemans

II. Early Modern Terms, Concepts and Practices of Emotions

II.1 Language of emotions

R.S. White

II.2 Emotion

Patricia Simons

II.3 Humoral theory

Danijela Kambaskovic

II.4 The senses

Herman Roodenburg

II.5 Pain and suffering

Javier Moscoso

II.6 Grammar

Ross Knecht

II.7 Mood

R.S. White

II.8 Love

Danijela Kambaskovic

II.9 Melancholy

Erin Sullivan

II.10 Fellow-feeling

Katherine Ibbett

II.11 Sociality and sociability

Katrina O’Loughlin

II.12 Holy affections

Hannah Newton

II.13 The passions

Aleksondra Hultquist

II.14 Contemplation

Christopher Allen

II.15 Sensibility

Katrina O’Loughlin

II.16 The expressive face

Linda Walsh

III. Sources and Methodologies for Early Modern Emotions

III.1 Poetry

Diana Barnes

III.2 Drama

Kathryn Prince

III.3 Epistolary literature

Diana Barnes

III.4 Educational treatises

Merridee L. Bailey

III.5 Histories, chronicles, and memoirs

Erika Kuijpers

III.6 Medical sources

Robert L. Weston

III.7 Economic records

Merridee L. Bailey

III.8 Judicial sources

Joanne McEwan

III.9 Church and parish records

Charlotte-Rose Millar

III.10 Missionary texts

Ananya Chakravarti

III.11 Letters

Carolyn James

III.12 Maps

Alicia Marchant

III.13 Books

Stephanie Downes

III.14 Household objects

Tara Hamling

III.15 Prints and illustrated broadsheets

Charles Zika

III.16 Monuments

Peter Sherlock

III.17 Devotional objects

Mary Laven

III.18 Textiles

Sally Holloway

III.19 Gestures

Jane W. Davidson and Alan Maddox

III.20 The body

Karen Harvey

III.21 Music

Alan Maddox and Jane W. Davidson

III.22 Archives

James Daybell

IV. Focus Topics for the Early Modern Period

Political Realms

IV.1 Monarchies

Helen Watanabe-O’Kelly

IV.2 Republics

Catharine Gray

IV.3 Political revolutions

Michael J. Braddick

IV.4 Radical formations

Christina Petterson

IV.5 Law

David Lemmings

IV.6 Punishment as public spectacle

Una McIlvenna

Destructive Experiences

IV.7 Indebtedness

Elise M. Dermineur

IV.8 War and violence

Erika Kuijpers

IV.9 Plague

Gordon D. Raeburn

IV.10 Domestic violence

Raisa Maria Toivo

Life Stages

IV.11 Pregnancy and childbirth

Joanne Begiato (Bailey)

IV.12 Childhood

Claudia Jarzebowski

IV.13 Marriage

Katie Barclay

IV.14 Death

Peter Sherlock


IV.15 Court culture

Tracy Adams

IV.16 Theatre and stage

Samantha Owens

IV.17 Church interiors

Sing d’Arcy

IV.18 Battlefields

Alicia Marchant

IV.19 Civic culture

Nicholas A. Eckstein

IV.20 Village

Elise M. Dermineur

IV.21 Family and household

Katie Barclay

Intellectual and cultural traditions

IV.22 Humanism

Andrea Rizzi

IV.23 Print media

Luc Racaut

IV.24 Antiquarianism

Alicia Marchant

IV.25 Medicine and science

Yasmin Haskell

IV.26 Baroque music

Jane W. Davidson and Alan Maddox

IV.27 Baroque art

Stephanie S. Dickey

IV.28 Enlightenment

Laura Mandell

IV.29 Romanticism

R.S. White


IV.30 Monastic communities

Claire Walker

IV.31 The Reformations

Susan C. Karant-Nunn

IV.32 Tolerance

Giovanni Tarantino

IV.33 Protestant theology

Alec Ryrie

IV.34 Witchcraft

Jacqueline Van Gent

IV.35 Wonders of nature

Jennifer Spinks

IV.36 Racial othering - Jews

Francois Soyer

IV.37 Muslim ‘Others’

Audrey Calefas-Strebelle

The World Beyond Europe

IV.38 Global trading empires

Jacqueline Van Gent

IV.39 Amerindian and African slaves

Giuseppe Marcocci

IV.40 Missionary Catholicism

Peter A. Goddard

IV.41 Protestant global missions

Jacqueline Van Gent

IV.42 Colonialism

Donna Merwick

IV.43 Theories of empire

Nicole Eustace

IV.44 Indigenous/European encounters

Maria Nugent

The Non-Human World

IV.45 Relations with the divine

Phyllis Mack

IV.46 The Devil and demons

Laura Kounine

IV.47 Ghosts, fairies and the world of spirits

Julian Goodare

IV.48 Fantasy figures

Melissa Percival

IV.49 Working animals

Louise Hill Curth

IV.50 Familiars

Charlotte-Rose Millar

IV.51 Vermin

Lucinda Cole

IV.52 Nature

Grace Moore

IV.53 Landscape

Anthony Colantuono

Early Modern Emotions Scholarship: A Select Bibliography


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Susan Broomhall is Professor of Early Modern History at The University of Western Australia and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow attached to the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. Previous works on emotions include (as editor) Spaces for Feeling: Emotions and Sociabilities in Britain, 1650-1850 (2015) and Gender and Emotions in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Destroying Order, Structuring Disorder (2015).


"A savory book for anyone interested in the history of emotions, Early Modern Emotions offers the timid a tempting buffet of short essays to sample, while the more serious scholar will find the whole a sumptuous feast."
Barbara H. Rosenwein, Professor emerita, Loyola University Chicago, USA

"This is an inspiring collection. The brief essays explain complicated topics in clear language and with engaging examples. The volume makes historiography approachable for students, who can use the material as the starting point for classroom discussions or research papers. Such a wide range of material is so ably handled that the scholar, too, will profit from dipping into the book to think about early modern emotions from new angles."
Caroline R. Sherman, The Catholic University of America, USA