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Generations of Feeling: A History of Emotions, 600-1700 (Hardback)
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Generations of Feeling: A History of Emotions, 600-1700 (Hardback)

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Hardback 390 Pages / Published: 15/10/2015
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Generations of Feeling is the first book to provide a comprehensive history of emotions in pre- and early modern Western Europe. Charting the varieties, transformations and constants of human sentiments over the course of eleven centuries, Barbara H. Rosenwein explores the feelings expressed in a wide range of 'emotional communities' as well as the theories that served to inform and reflect their times. Focusing specifically on groups within England and France, chapters address communities as diverse as the monastery of Rievaulx in twelfth-century England and the ducal court of fifteenth-century Burgundy, assessing the ways in which emotional norms and modes of expression respond to, and in turn create, their social, religious, ideological, and cultural environments. Contemplating emotions experienced 'on the ground' as well as those theorized in the treatises of Alcuin, Thomas Aquinas, Jean Gerson and Thomas Hobbes, this insightful study offers a profound new narrative of emotional life in the West.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107097049
Number of pages: 390
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 24 mm


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'In this deeply learned but lively excavation of premodern emotions, short chapters on theories of the emotions alternate with longer chapters comparing two or more 'emotional communities' in representative historical periods. Sensitive to the ambiguity of the term emotion, Rosenwein focuses on the words for understanding, expressing, and feeling emotions and on the shifting valorizations of specific emotions over time ... This is a rich narrative of tradition, continuity, and change. Summing up: highly recommended.' J. Bussanich, Choice
'Barbara Rosenwein's Generations of Feeling is also ambitious and wide-ranging.' Catriona Kennedy, History Today
'... it is this insistent attention to the many shifting and overlapping definitions of emotion, and the work that they do - socially, culturally, and communally; in the world and in history - that makes Rosenwein's book a valuable new contribution to the field.' Stephanie Downes, Cromohs

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