1st Edition

The Routledge History of Emotions in the Modern World

Edited By Katie Barclay, Peter N. Stearns Copyright 2022
    610 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    610 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge History of Emotions in the Modern World brings together a diverse array of scholars to offer an overview of the current and emerging scholarship of emotions in the modern world. Across thirty-six chapters, this work enters the field of emotion from a range of angles.

    Named emotions – love, anger, fear – highlight how particular categories have been deployed to make sense of feeling and their evolution over time. Geographical perspectives provide access to the historiographies of regions that are less well-covered by English-language sources, opening up global perspectives and new literatures. Key thematic sections are designed to intersect with critical historiographies, demonstrating the value of an emotions perspective to a range of areas. Topical sections direct attention to the role of emotions in relations of power, to intimate lives and histories of place, as products of exchanges across groups, and as deployed by new technologies and medias. The concepts of globalisation and modernity run through the volume, acting as foils for comparison and analytical tools.

    The Routledge History of Emotions in the Modern World is the perfect resource for all students and scholars interested in the history of emotions across the world from 1700.

    1. Introduction

    Katie Barclay and Peter Stearns

    Part 1: Emotions in Global Context

    2. Love

    Niamh Cullen

    3. Global Happiness: From Providential Moments to Hedonic Treadmills?

    Mark Seymour

    4. Normal and Pathological Sadness in the Age of Depression

    Åsa Jansson

    5. Anger, Hate and Aggression

    Angelika C. Messner

    6. Pain

    Rob Boddice

    7. Fear, Anxiety and Terror post 9/11

    Frank Biess

    8. Honour, Shame and Guilt

    Peter N. Stearns

    Part 2: Geographical Perspectives

    9. Africa

    Kathleen Vongasthorn

    10. Eastern Europe

    Valeria Sobol

    11. Love and Heartbreak: The Creation of a Popular Culture of Emotion and Romance in Latin America

    Olivia López Sánchez

    12. Emotional Spleens: Death by Overthinking in Classical Chinese Texts

    Lan A. Li

    13. Disgust and the Making of Early Catholic Communities in South Asia

    Ananya Chakravarti

    14. Emotions in the Pacific

    Michael P.J. Reilly

    15. At the Mercy of Emotions: Archives, Egodocuments and Microhistory

    Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon

    Part 3: Intimacies, Embodiment and Place

    16. Feelings for Nature: Emotions in Environmental History

    Andy Flack and Dolly Jørgenson

    17. The ‘Mutuality of Being’: Family Emotions in Greece, 1850-1900

    Dimitra Vassiliadou

    18. Family, Childhood, and Emotions

    Karen Vallgårda

    19. Bodies, Embodiment and Feeling

    Sneha Krishnan

    20. Pets and Emotion in Modern History

    Peter N. Stearns

    Part 4: Technologies, Medias and the Representation of Emotion

    21. Science, Medicine and Psychology

    Bettina Hitzer

    22. The Machinery of Modern Emotion

    Susan J. Matt and Luke Fernandez

    23. Music and Emotions

    Wiebke Thormählen

    24. Literature, Film and TV

    Jodi McAlister

    25. Materialities

    Freya Gowrley

    26. Off the Record: Archive, Ruination, and Postcolonial Affects

    Srirupa Prasad

    Part 5: The Emotions of Power

    27. Emotions and Nationalism

    Reetta Eiranen

    28. A Legal History of Emotions

    Alecia Simmonds and Eric H. Reiter

    29. Capitalism and Consumption

    Katie Barclay

    30. Slavery

    Michael E. Woods

    Part 6: Emotional Exchanges

    31. Settler-Colonial Emotions: Fear, Desire and Romance in Nineteenth-Century Historical Representations of the William Buckley Story

    Crystal McKinnon and Claire McLisky

    32. Emotions and Migrations

    Marcelo J. Borges and María Bjerg

    33. Emotion and War: Conflict and Affect in the Global Age

    Richard Reid

    34. Media and the Question of Emotional Intensification

    Brent J. Malin

    35. Pandemic Emotions

    Katie Barclay

    36. Epilogue

    Rob Boddice


    Katie Barclay is Deputy-Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in the History of Emotions and Associate Professor in History at the University of Adelaide. She writes on the history of emotions, family and gender, and with Andrew Lynch and Giovanni Taratino edits Emotions: History, Culture, Society.

    Peter N. Stearns is University Professor of History at George Mason University. He has written widely on the history of emotions, with books including American Cool and Shame: A Brief History. He regularly teaches an undergraduate course on emotions history, and has collaborated with a number of students on research projects in the field.

    ‘Barclay and Stearns have provided an edition that excels well beyond a summary of the state of the field, as they highlight fresh connections between modern history and the global history of emotions. The consummate introduction may become the standard historiography for the history of emotions and sets up an edition that succeeds through purposeful diversification within each of its multiple themes: global contexts, geographical perspectives, embodiment and place, structures of power, and emotional exchanges.’

    Andrew Kettler, Kenyon College, USA

    ‘This is a ground-breaking work that brings together the histories of emotions as a global history. A maturing field of scholarship, the history of emotions has done remarkable work in tracking the development of anger, love, jealousy, pity, happiness and other human (and animal) emotions. This collection of essays takes carefully toll of this work and moves beyond the national and regional boundaries by tracing the makeup and changes of emotions in their linguistic, bodily, and material expressions in global contexts. This highly readable book is a must for advanced undergraduate students as well as graduate students and established scholars of the history of emotions.’

    Heikki Lempa, Moravian University, USA