1st Edition

Early Modern Emotions An Introduction

Edited By Susan Broomhall Copyright 2017
    424 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    424 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    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



    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