1st Edition

Histories of Sensibilities Visions of Gender, Race, and Emotions in the Global Enlightenment

    306 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Histories of Sensibilities: Visions of Gender, Race, and Emotions in the Global Enlightenment explores the historical and plural character of sensibility in the global Enlightenment.

    From Tahiti, to New Orleans to the Mariana Islands; to Lima, Geneva, London, Oviedo, or Venice, the book investigates how sensibility was brandished by different ethnical, political, and cultural groups to define their identities; how cross-cultural and cross-chronological encounters reconfigured ideas of gendered selves; how sexuality was used to empower or subjugate non-European ethnicities and how the circulation of local concepts of the physiology of emotions and taste reinforced or challenged hegemonic ideas of masculinity and femininity.

    With a primary focus on Southern Europe and the Hispanic World, areas still not well-charted, this edited collection explores the varied forms in which notions of sensibilities circulated within Europe and between Europe, the Americas, and the Hispanic-Asian Pacific, questioning normative and diffusionist views.

    Histories of Sensibilities is aimed at postgraduate students and scholars researching histories of literature and science, cultural studies, history of emotions, gender studies, and women’s history; as well as scholars of Hispanic Studies, Latin-America Studies, and European Studies.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivatives (CC-BY-ND) 4.0 license.

    List of Figures

    List of Contributors


    Introduction: Intersecting Histories of Sensibility and Emotion. A Plural Legacy

    Isabel Burdiel, Ester García Moscardó, and Elena Serrano

    Section 1. Making Sense, Making Difference

    1.       Androginopolis or the Racialization of the Peruvian Strange Society

    Magally Alegre Henderson

    2.       Embodied Colonial Experiences of Enlightenment: Pierre Bailly’s Defense of Equality and Citizenship. A Free Mulatto’s Voice in Spanish New Orleans (1791–1794)

    Estela Roselló Soberón

    3.       Sensibility on Stage: Gender, Race and the Modulations of Feeling in the Hispanic Theatre

    Ester García Moscardó

    4.       Sweet Affinities: The Gendering of Taste in Eighteenth-Century Spain

    Marta Manzanares Mileo

    5.       Quivering Hearts: Feijoo and the Passions

    Elena Serrano

    6.       Rewriting Romantic Love: Women, Celebrity, and the Politics of Emotion in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Spain (Avellaneda’s Farewell)

    Mónica Burguera

    Section 2. Crossing Contexts, Unsettling Sensibilities

    7.       Performing Sensibilities. Women’s Voices in a Transnational and Transatlantic Correspondence of the Enlightenment

    Mónica Bolufer

    8.       Translating Transgender and Sensibility in Eighteenth-Century Europe: The Mediatic Ecosystem of Transmission, Reworking, and Perception of The Brief Story of Catterina Vizzani

    Clorinda Donato

    9.       Hidden or Forbidden: Taboo, Circumnavigation, and Women in New Cythera (1768)

    Manuel Burón and Juan Pimentel

    10.    Vicious Sensibilities. The Role of Ethnosexual Violence in the Patriarchalization of Tåno’ Låguas yan Gåni (the Mariana Islands) during the Eighteenth Century

    Enrique Moral de Eusebio

    11.    Entangled Sensibilities and the Broken Circulation of Mary W. Shelley’s Frankenstein: Gender, Race, and Otherness

    Isabel Burdiel



    Isabel Burdiel is Professor of History at the Universitat de València (Spain) and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of East Anglia (UK). She is a specialist in the political and cultural history of European liberalism. Her book Isabel II. Una biografía won the National Prize of History (Spain) in 2011. Author of the first critical edition in Spanish of Mary W. Shelley's Frankenstein (1996).

    Ester García Moscardó is Postdoctoral Researcher in CIRGEN (ERC AdG-707815) at the Universitat de València (Spain). Her current research focuses on the construction of racial and gender imaginaries within the culture of sensibility and their reworking throughout the nineteenth century.

    Elena Serrano is a Ramón y Cajal researcher at the Institut d’Història de la Ciència (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain). She has published on Enlightened female networks, gender and the history of science, and on the history of science and emotions. Her last book is Ladies of Honor and Merit: Gender, Useful Knowledge and Politics in Enlightened Spain (2022).