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The University of Melbourne
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The University of Western Australia
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A Cultural History of the Emotions

A Cultural History of the Emotions, general editors Susan Broomhall, Jane W. Davidson, Andrew Lynch (London: Bloomsbury, 2019).

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Across six volumes, A Cultural History of the Emotions explores how emotions have changed over the course of human history, but also how emotions have themselves created and changed history. Emotions underpin our everyday lives and shape our mental, physical and social well-being. This collection shows how emotions can offer a unique insight into the historical thought and function of different societies.

Each volume in the series encompasses interdisciplinary work on the emotions, covering the medical, scientific, religious and intellectual history, how they have been performed and represented and how they were enacted in social practices on both a personal and public level. The same eight themes are addressed in all six volumes:

1. Medical and Scientific Understandings
2. Religion and Spirituality
3. Music and Dance
4. Drama
5. The Visual Arts
6. Literature
7. In Private: The Individual and the Domestic Community
8. In Public: Collectivities and Polities

A Cultural History of the Emotions is the first comprehensive, period by period overview of this fascinating topic, from antiquity to the present day. It will be essential reading for anyone researching or studying the emotions.

Table of contents

General editors: Susan Broomhall, The University of Western Australia, Australia, Jane Davidson, The University of Melbourne, Australia, and Andrew Lynch, The University of Western Australia, Australia

Volume 1: A Cultural History of the Emotions in Antiquity
Edited by Douglas Cairns, The University of Edinburgh, UK

Cairns, D. ‘Introduction’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in Antiquity, edited by D. Cairns, pp. 1–16. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Kazantzidis, G. ‘Medical and Scientific Understandings’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in Antiquity, edited by D. Cairns, pp. 17–34. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Naiden, F. S. ‘Religion and Spirituality’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in Antiquity, edited by D. Cairns, pp. 35–46. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Rocconi, E. ‘Music and Dance’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in Antiquity, edited by D. Cairns, pp. 47–62. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Konstan, D. ‘Drama’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in Antiquity, edited by D. Cairns, pp. 63–82. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Räuchle, V. ‘The Visual Arts’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in Antiquity, edited by D. Cairns, pp. 83–108. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Scodel, R. and R. R. Caston. ‘Literature’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in Antiquity, edited by D. Cairns, pp. 109–24. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Foxhall, L. ‘In Private: The Individual and the Domestic Community’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in Antiquity, edited by D. Cairns, pp. 125–46. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019

Chaniotis, A., and C. Steel. ‘In Public: Collectivities and Polities’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in Antiquity, edited by D. Cairns, pp. 147–62. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.



Volume 2: A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Medieval Age (350–1300) 
Edited by Juanita Ruys, University of Sydney, Australia and Clare Monagle, Macquarie University, Australia

Monagle, C. ‘Introduction: Medieval Emotions Near and Far’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Medieval Age, edited by J. F. Ruys and C. Monagle, pp. 1–16. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Archambeau, N. ‘Medical and Scientific Understandings’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Medieval Age, edited by J. F. Ruys and C. Monagle, pp. 17–30. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Anlezark, D. ‘Religion and Spirituality’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Medieval Age, edited by J. F. Ruys and C. Monagle, pp. 31–48. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Mews, C. J. and C. J. Williams. ‘Music and Dance’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Medieval Age, edited by J. F. Ruys and C. Monagle, pp. 49–64. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Brazil, S. ‘Drama’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Medieval Age, edited by J. F. Ruys and C. Monagle, pp. 65–82. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Boivin, K. M. ‘The Visual Arts’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Medieval Age, edited by J. F. Ruys and C. Monagle, pp. 83–100. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Ruys, J. F. ‘Literature’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Medieval Age, edited by J. F. Ruys and C. Monagle, pp. 101–18. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Perfetti, L. ‘In Private: The Invidual and Domestic Community’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Medieval Age, edited by J. F. Ruys and C. Monagle, pp. 119–32. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019

Malegam, J. Y. ‘In Public; Collectivities and Polities’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Medieval Age, edited by J. F. Ruys and C. Monagle, pp. 133–50. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.


Volume 3: A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Late-medieval, Reformation and Renaissance Age (1300–1600) 
Edited by  Andrew Lynch and Susan Broomhall, both of The University of Western Australia, Australia

Lynch, A. ‘Introduction’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Late-Medieval, Reformation, and Renaissance Age, edited by A. Lynch and S. Broomhall, pp. 1–12. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Broomhall, S. ‘Medical and Scientific Knowledge’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Late-Medieval, Reformation, and Renaissance Age, edited by A. Lynch and S. Broomhall, pp. 13–30. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Lederer, D. ‘Religion and Spirituality’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Late-Medieval, Reformation, and Renaissance Age, edited by A. Lynch and S. Broomhall, pp. 31–48. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Collins, D., and J. Nevile. ‘Music and Dance’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Late-Medieval, Reformation, and Renaissance Age, edited by A. Lynch and S. Broomhall, pp. 49–68. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Prince, K. ‘Drama’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Late-Medieval, Reformation, and Renaissance Age, edited by A. Lynch and S. Broomhall, pp. 69–84. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Simons, P., and C. Zika. ‘The Visual Arts’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Late-Medieval, Reformation, and Renaissance Age, edited by A. Lynch and S. Broomhall, pp. 85–106. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019

McNamer, S. ‘Literature’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Late-Medieval, Reformation, and Renaissance Age, edited by A. Lynch and S. Broomhall, pp. 107–22. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Goldberg, J., and S. Tarbin. ‘In Private: The Individual and the Domestic Community’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Late-Medieval, Reformation, and Renaissance Age, edited by A. Lynch and S. Broomhall, pp. 123–40. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Haemers, J. ‘In Public: Collectivities and Polities’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Late-Medieval, Reformation, and Renaissance Age, edited by A. Lynch and S. Broomhall, pp. 141–56. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.


Volume 4: A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Baroque and Enlightenment Age (1600–1780) 
Edited by David Lemmings, Claire Walker and Katie Barclay, all of The University of Adelaide, Australia 

Barclay, K., D. Lemmings, and C. Walker. ‘Introduction’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Baroque and Enlightenment Age, edited by C. Walker, K. Barclay, and D. Lemmings, pp. 1–14. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Pender, S. ‘Medical and Scientific: Understandings’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Baroque and Enlightenment Age, edited by C. Walker, K. Barclay,  and D. Lemmings, pp. 15–34. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Tarantino, G. ‘Religion and Spirituality’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Baroque and Enlightenment Age (1600–1780), edited by C. Walker, K. Barclay, and D. Lemmings, pp. 35–51. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Carter, T. ‘Music and Dance’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Baroque and Enlightenment Age, edited by C. Walker, K. Barclay, and D. Lemmings, pp. 53–70. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Holbrook, P. ‘Drama’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Baroque and Enlightenment Age, edited by C. Walker, K. Barclay, and D. Lemmings, pp. 71–84. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019

Beaven, L. ‘The Visual Arts’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Baroque and Enlightenment Age, edited by C. Walker, K. Barclay, and D. Lemmings, pp. 85–110. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Staines, J. D. ‘Literature’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Baroque and Enlightenment Age, edited by C. Walker, K. Barclay, and D. Lemmings, pp. 111–36. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Alston, L., and K. Harvey. ‘In Private: The Individual and the Domestic Community’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Baroque and Enlightenment Age, edited by C. Walker, K. Barclay, and D. Lemmings, pp. 137–54. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Cowan, B. ‘In Public: Collectivities amd Polities’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Baroque and Enlightenment Age, edited by C. Walker, K. Barclay, and D. Lemmings, pp. 155–72. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019


Volume 5: A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Age of Romanticism, Revolution and Empire (1780–1920) 
Edited by Susan J. Matt, Weber State University, USA

Matt, S. J. ‘Introduction: What Were Emotions? Defintions and Understandings’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Age of Romanticism, Revolution, and Empire, edited by S. J. Matt, pp. 1–16. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019

Boddice, R. ‘Medical and Scientific Understandings’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Age of Romanticism, Revolution, and Empire, edited by S. J. Matt, pp. 17–32. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Rubin, J. H. ‘Religion and Spirituality’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Age of Romanticism, Revolution, and Empire, edited by S. J. Matt, pp. 33–54. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Thormählen, W. ‘Music and Dance’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Age of Romanticism, Revolution, and Empire, edited by S. J. Matt, pp. 55–74. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019

Forbes, A. ‘Drama’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Age of Romanticism, Revolution, and Empire, edited by S. J. Matt, pp. 75–94. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Thomas, K. ‘The Visual Arts’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Age of Romanticism, Revolution, and Empire, edited by S. J. Matt, pp. 95–120. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019

Eiselein, G. ‘Literature’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Age of Romanticism, Revolution, and Empire, edited by S. J. Matt, pp. 121–36. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Stearns, P. N. ‘In Private: The Individual and Domestic Community’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Age of Romanticism, Revolution, and Empire, edited by S. J. Matt, pp. 137–56. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Frevert, U. ‘In Public: Emotional Politics’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Age of Romanticism, Revolution, and Empire, edited by S. J. Matt, pp. 157–74. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019


Volume 6: A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Modern and Post-Modern Age (1920–2000+) 
Edited by Jane W. Davidson and Joy Damousi, both of The University of Melbourne, Australia

Damousi, J., and J. W. Davidson. ‘Introduction’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Modern and Post-Modern Age, edited by J. W. Davidson and J. Damousi, pp. 1–18. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Jackson, M. ‘Medical and Scientific Understandings’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Modern and Post-Modern Age, edited by J. W. Davidson and J. Damousi, pp. 19–36. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Scruton, A. ‘Religion and Spirituality’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Modern and Post-Modern Age, edited by J. W. Davidson and J. Damousi, pp. 37–52. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Thormählen, W. ‘Music and Dance’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Modern and Post-Modern Age, edited by J. W. Davidson and J. Damousi, pp. 53–72. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Luckhurst, M. ‘Drama’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Modern and Post-Modern Age, edited by J. W. Davidson and J. Damousi, pp. 73–90. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Altieri, C. ‘The Visual Arts’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Modern and Post-Modern Age, edited by J. W. Davidson and J. Damousi, pp. 91–110. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Whitlock, G., and G. Moore. ‘Literature’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Modern and Post-Modern Age, edited by J. W. Davidson and J. Damousi, pp. 111–28. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Stearns, P. N. ‘In Private: The Individual and Domestic Community’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Age of Romanticism, Revolution, and Empire, edited by S. J. Matt, pp. 137–56. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Hutchison, E., and R. Bleiker. ‘In Public: Collectivities and Polities’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Modern and Post-Modern Age, edited by J. W. Davidson and J. Damousi, pp. 145–60. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.