Before Emotion: The Language of Feeling, 400-1800

Source : Routledge

Before Emotion: The Language of Feeling, 400-1800, edited by Juanita Feros Ruys, Michael W. Champion, Kirk Essary


Before Emotion: The Language of Feeling, 400-1800 advances current interdisciplinary research in the history of emotions through in-depth studies of the European language of emotion from late antiquity to the modern period. Focusing specifically on the premodern cognates of ‘affect’ or ‘affection’ (such as affectus, affectio, affeccioun, etc.), an international team of scholars explores the cultural and intellectual contexts in which emotion was discussed before the term ‘emotion’ itself came into widespread use. By tracing the history of key terms and concepts associated with what we identify as ‘emotions’ today, the volume offers a first-time critical foundation for understanding pre- and early modern emotions discourse, charts continuities and changes across cultures, time periods, genres, and languages, and helps contextualize modern shifts in the understanding of emotions.

Table of Contents

Preface: Thomas Dixon

Introduction: Michael W. Champion, Kirk Essary, and Juanita Feros Ruys

Ch. 1: Jonathan D. Teubner, ‘The Failure of affectus: Affectiones and constantiae in Augustine of Hippo’

Ch. 2: Mark Amsler, ‘Affectus in Medieval Grammar’

Ch. 3: Rita Copeland, ‘Affectio-affectus in Latin Rhetoric up to c. 1200’

Ch. 4: Antonina Harbus, ‘The Old English Vocabulary of Emotions: Glossing affectus

Ch. 5: Juanita Feros Ruys, ‘Before the Affective Turn: Affectus in Heloise, Abelard, and the Woman Writer of the Epistolae duorum amantium

Ch. 6: Michael D. Barbezat, ‘Desire to Enjoy Something Thoroughly: The Use of the Latin affectus in Hugh of St Victor’s De archa Noe

Ch. 7: Constant J. Mews, ‘Affectus in the De spiritu et anima of Alcher of Clairvaux and Cistercian Writings of the Twelfth Century’

Ch. 8: Barbara Newman, ‘Affectus from Hildegard to Helfta’

Ch. 9: Tomas Zahora, ‘Affect, Affections, and Spiritual Capital in the Thirteenth Century’

Ch. 10: Robert C. Miner, ‘Affectus and passio in the Summa theologiae of Thomas Aquinas’

Ch. 11: Naama Cohen-Hanegbi, ‘Accidentia anime in Late Medieval Medicine’

Ch. 12: Paul Megna, ‘Affeccioun in Middle English Devotional Writing’

Ch. 13: Kirk Essary, ‘The Renaissance of affectus? Biblical Humanism and Latin Style’

Ch. 14: Elena Carrera, ‘Augustinian, Aristotelian, and Humanist Shaping of Medieval and Early Modern Emotion: Affectus, affectio,and “affection”as Travelling Concepts’

Ch. 15. R.S. White, ‘Meta-, Mega- and Multiple Emotions in Early Modern English Terminology’

Ch. 16: Anik Waldow, ‘Reconceptualizing Affect: Descartes on the Passions’

Ch. 17: Daniel Canaris and Francesco Borghesi, ‘Defining the Emotions in the Post-Cartesian Humanism of Giambattista Vico’

Ch. 18: Margaret Watkins, ‘Unprincipled by Principle: On Hume’s Use of “Affection”’

Epilogue: Michael W. Champion, ‘From Affectus to Affect Theory and Back Again’