Historicising Heritage and Emotions examines how heritage is connected to and between people and places through emotion, both in the past and today. Discussion is focused on the overlapping categories of blood (families and bloodlines), stone (monuments and memorials) and land (landscape and places imbued with memories), with the contributing authors exploring the ways in which emotions invest heritage with affective power, and the transformative effects of this power in individual, community and cultural contexts.
The 13 chapters that make up the volume take examples from the premodern and modern eras, and from two connected geographical regions, the United Kingdom, and Australia and the Pacific. Each chapter seeks to identify, historicise and contextualise the processes of heritage and the emotional regimes at play, locating the processes within longer historical and transnational genealogies and critically appraising them as part of broader cultural currents. Theoretically grounded in new approaches to the history of emotions and critical heritage studies, the analysis challenges the traditional scholarly focus on heritage in its modern forms, offering multifaceted premodern and modern case studies that demonstrate heritage and emotion to have complex and vibrant histories.
Offering transhistorical and multidisciplinary discussion around the ways in which we can talk about, discuss, categorise and theorise heritage and emotion in different historical contexts, Historicising Heritage and Emotions is a valuable resource for students and scholars interested in heritage, emotions and history.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
Introduction: Historicising Heritage and Emotions
Part I: Affective Histories of Blood, Stone and Land in Medieval and Early Modern Britain
1. Carved in Stone: Engaging with the Past in Medieval Orkney
2. Wulfstan of Worcester’s Weeping: The Architecture of the Norman Conquest as a Site of Cross-Cultural Emotion
3. John Hardyng’s Scotland: Emotional Geographies and Forged Heritage in the Fifteenth Century
4. Sacred Memory: The Elizabethan Monuments of Westminster Abbey
5. Emotional Lineages: Blood, Property, Family and Affection in Early Modern Scotland
6. "Let me weep for such a feeling loss": The Emotional Significance of Shakespeare’s Heritage
Part II: Affective Histories of Blood, Stone and Land in Australia and the Pacific
7. My Heritage - It is Not Just About Sticks and Stones - It is Timeless, Precious and Irreplaceable.
Patricia (Patsy) Cameron
8. The Crimson Thread of Medievalism: Haematic Heritage and Transhistorical Mood in Colonial Australia
9. John Watt Beattie and the Presentation of Convict History
10. ‘The general softening of manners among us’: Music and the Moral Power of Nostalgia in a Colonial Penal Colony
11. Murdering Snow and Ruling the North: The Rise and Fall of Affective Colonialism and the Advent of Heritage Tourism in New Zealand
12. Convict Bloodlines: Crime, Intergenerational Legacies and Convict Heritage
13. The Esplanade and the City Gatekeepers: Contesting the Limits of Urban Heritage Protection
Alicia Marchant is a heritage consultant and historian based at the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Europe 1100–1800 at the University of Western Australia. Her work focuses on the histories of emotions and heritage, river histories, concepts of place, cartography and dark tourism.