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Emotions as Engines of History

ISBN 9780367894054
Published September 24, 2021 by Routledge
288 Pages

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Book Description

Seeking to bridge the gap between various approaches to the study of emotions, this volume aims at a multidisciplinary examination of connections between emotions and history and the ways in which these connections have manifested themselves in historiography, cultural, and literary studies. The book offers a selected range of insights into the idea of emotions, affects, and emotionality as driving forces and agents of change in history. The fifteen essays it comprises probe into the emotional motives and dispositions behind both historical phenomena and the ways they were narrated.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Emotions as the Engines of Change

Rafał Borysławski and Alicja Bemben

Part 1: Narrating Past Emotions

1. The Wonders of Creation: The Affective Poetics of Alterity in the Old English Letter of Alexander to Aristotle

Jacek Olesiejko

2. Nice Guys Finish Last: Emotional Leaders and Political Action in Selected Íslendingasögur

Santiago Barreiro and Julián Valle

3. The Deceit of Emotions: Henry More’s Conception of Passion and Religious Polemic in Early Modern England

Zoya Metlitskaya

4. How British Lyric Poetry Came to be Angry After Three Hundred Years of Stiff Upper Lips

Michael Joseph

5. Empathy, "Empathic Unsettlement," and Human-Animal Relationships in Zakes Mda’s The Whale Caller and J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace

Paulina Grzęda

Part 2: Emotive Histories, Emotional Historiographies

6. Cicero and His Daughter Tullia: Grief and History in a Latin Epistolary Collection

Linda McGuire

7. "They Could Not Let Her Go with Dry Eyes . . .": Manifesting Emotions in the Encomium Emmae Reginae

Rafał Borysławski

8. Worlds Emerge, Worlds Collapse: Traumatic Affect in Medieval Historiography and the Reception of Sturlunga Saga in the Twentieth Century

Miriam Mayburd

9. Controlling Female Emotions. Monstrous Births and Maternal Imagination in Iceland

Arngrímur Vídalín

10. Disgust and Parasites in Nineteenth-Century Science and Fiction

Justyna Jajszczok

Part 3: Emotions Shaping History

11. The Guilt, the Trial, and the Execution: The Case of the Cross at Cheapside Revisited

Jakub Basista

12. Love, Actually . . . Pricing Romantic Love in Nineteenth-Century Greece

Dimitra Vassiliadou

13. Melancholia in Contemporary Spain: Digging Up a Past That Did Not Pass Away

Rafael Pérez Baquero

14. Persecutory Anxiety and the Fear of Death as Emotional Qualities of the Cultural Revolution in China

Jun Lu

15. Historical Understanding—A Romance of Many Dimensions

Alicja Bemben

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Rafał Borysławski is an Associate Professor at the University of Silesia, Poland.

Alicja Bemben is an Assistant Professor at the University of Silesia, Poland.