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Programme de la conférence de NACSHE, Chapitre nord-américain de la Société d’Histoire des émotions (7-8 juin, Vancouver, Univ. de la Colombie Britannique)

NACHE Conference 2024

Program – NACHE Conference on the History of Emotion – University of British Columbia June 7th & 8th

Notes: the actual order of presentations within each session will be determined later. There may be other adjustments in the program closer to the event. Times are Pacific Zone.

Friday June 7

Registration: 8- 8.30. AM:  Opening Remarks: 8.30 – 8.50 AM

Session 1:  9-10:30

  1. History of Experiences: Four Approaches

Rob Boddice, Chair and organizer

Rob Boddice, “Lived Experience, or the View from the Cave”

Ville Kivimaki, “Communities of Experience”

Stephanie Olsen, “Voices and Sources”

Raisa Maria Toivo, “Time, Period and the History of Experience”

  1. Emociones y pasiones de la modernidad en el cruce entre Imperio, Género y Nación / Emotions and Passions of Modernity at the Crossroads of Empire, Gender and Nation (16th-19th centuries) (Nuria Soriano Muñoz, organizer) (presented primarily in Spanish)

Ben Bryce, Chair

Nuria Soriano Muñoz, “Unbridled Greed and Ambition: passions as a vehicle of American discourse in the Spanish Enlightenment”

Bakarne Altonaga Begona, “Tetricos pesimistas del presente orden de cosas: pessimism and gender in Spanish antiliberalism”

Josep San Ruperto Albert, “Fear and Desire Facing Femininity: gender representations in Ordoñez de Ceballos ‘Viaje del mundo’ (1572-1603)

Nuria Verdet Martínez, “Catalonia in 1640, a disorder of political passions? Pain, anger and love in the literature of the Catalan revolution”

  1. Emotions in Early Modern/Modern Chinese History

Camilla Di Biase-Dyson, Chair

Haoyue Li, “Contemplating Scents and Apprehending World: Odour, Trauma and Cultural Memory in Late Ming Loyalists’ Writings”

Jerry Yang, “A Manchu’s ‘Way’ and China’s Southwest: sense and emotions of materiality and identity in late 17th-century warfare”

Maram Epstein, “Women Writing Emotions in Late-Imperial Chinese Tanci Novels”

Yue Gu, “Re-examining Jealous Wives: women’s emotional experience in Ming-Qing China”

Session 2: 11-12:30: Keynote speech: Peter Stearns, “Individualism in recent American emotional history: connections and problems“

Lunch following

Session 3:  2-3.30

  1. Emotions in Jewish Culture(s)

Bruce Rusk, Chair

Matan Boord, “Parents’ Guides and the Creation of ‘New” Domestic Emotions for Jewish Migrants in Mandate Palestine”

Ofer Idels, “The Hebrew Experience: language and emotion in interwar Palestine”

Hizky Shoham, “Emotional Scripts as Class Differentiation in Domestic Ceremonies of Jewish Urban Middle-Class Families in Mandatory Palestine”

Sarah Wobick-Segev, “Mourning and Consolation in Nineteenth-Century Jewish Prayerbooks”

  1. Working with Emotions in Early and Medieval China

Raisa Maria Toivo, Chair

Kay Duffy, “A History of (or in?) Emotions in Chinese Classical Poetry”

Heng Du, “’Fifty Shades of Joy and Sorrow’: intersections between early Chinese writings and  social constructive models of emotions”

Antje Richter, “Responding with Awe in Medieval Chinese Literary and Art Criticism: a contribution to the history of emotions in China”

Yongshan He, “Conceiving Compassionate Father: emotions and the popularization of Buddhism in early medieval China”

  1. Shame, Anxiety, and Mourning in Nineteenth-Century Settler Societies

Kristine Alexander, Chair

Cecilia Morgan, “’It is no joke with a wife and four children to be without money’: money, emotions and the middle-class family in the mid-nineteenth-century Transatlantic world”

Coll Thrush, “All Lost: shipwreck, settlerhood and belonging in the Graveyard of the Pacific”

Jane Nicholas, “Shame and Infanticide in Canada, 1795-1892”

Session 4:  4-6:00

A. Lived Experiences, Constructed Discourses: female sensibilities, affective horizons and sensitive identities on both sides of the 18th-century Spanish Atlantic

Estela Roselló Soberón, Organizer and Chair

            María Tausiet “Lived Experiences, Constructed Discourses: female sensibilities, affective           horizons and sensitive identities on both sides of the 18th-century Spanish Atlantic: sensitivities         in children’s literature.”

Estela Roselló Soberón, “Enslaved Mothers and Their Children in Spanish New Orleans”

            Ester García Moscardó, “Lived Experiences, Constructed Discourses: female sensibilities,          affective horizons and sensitive identities on both sides of the 18th-century Spanish Atlantic:     representations of the Black man on the Spanish stage.”

Blanca Llanes Parra, “Narratives and Legal Discourses on Violence Against Women in Eighteenth-Century Spain and the Americas”

Mónica Bolufer, ““Lived Experiences, Constructed Identities: female sensibilities, affective horizons and affective identities on both sides of the 18th-century Spanish Atlantic:  What women’s letters reveal”

B. Emotions in Ancient History

Aleksandra Restifo, Chair

Samani Pragya and Samani Punya Pragya, “Emotions and Karma Theory: a Jain perspective

Tara Prakash, “Feelings and Kingship in Ancient Egypt”

Camilla Di Biase-Dyson, {“Could the Ancient Egyptians See Red: Approaching colour and emotion in ancient languages”
Madeleine Jenkins, “Exploring Ancient Egyptian Emotions: a case study of the ‘sadness’ semantic field”

Caroline Richard, “Do Emotions Have Voices? Study of ancient emotions and vocal manifestations in Latin literature”

C. Crises and Opportunities: East Asian Emotions, Past and Present

Chiung-yun Evelyn Liu, Chair

Zhaokun Xin, “Patience and Transcendence: anger in deliverance plays of late imperial China’

Xiaoqiao Ling and Young Kyun Oh, “Capturing the Emotion-Reality in Nineteenth-Century Seoul: Yi Ok’s (1760-1815) exploration of literary Sinitic”

Aoife Cantrill, “A Heart on the Sleeve: dress and ceremonial distress in Taiwan’s colonial fiction”

Yuqing Liu, “Lament in Translation: rendering the female body and Hong Kong’s cityscape in Sai Sai’s Mourning for the Breast”

Dinner tbc.

Saturday June 8

Session 5: 9-10:30

  1. Flirting, Marrying, Consuming and Working: emotion in Japanese history

Mark Jones, Organizer and Chair

Kurtis Hanlon, “Gamifying Romantic Emotions: how Japanese courtiers conceptualized flirting and pining in the Love Exchange Match of 1102”

David Humphrey, “Learning Emotion: emotion recognition and the mediated training of the expressive face”

Mark Jones, “A Romantic Arranged Marriage: introducing emotion in marital practice in interwar Japan”

Diane Wei Lewis, “Labor of Love: neoliberal work subjectivities in 1980s Japan”

  1.  Gestures

Imogen Knox, Chair

Paul Johnson, “turning Red: rouge, race and the politics of blushing in early modern Europe”

Javier Moscoso, “Gestures and Experiences”

Josefa Ros Velasco, “The Gestures that Reveal Boredom: an artistic-historical review”

Thomas Macsotay, “When Emotions Unfold in Space: gestures in the Wagnerian-Art-Life-Continuum”

  1. New Avenues in Emotions History

Johanna Lozoya, Chair

Oğuzhan Dursun, “Framing Fear: mapping Turkish societal transformation via movies (1950-1999)

Fransisco Pinheiro, “Football and Emotion: another way of (re)working the history of Portuguese Contemporaneity”

Beth Wilson, “Analyzing Emotion in Enslaved People’s Testimony about the Institution of Slavery in the Antebellum United States”

Iris van der Zande, “The Power of the Prisoner: analyzing emotions in nineteenth-century Dutch prisons”

Jay Cavanagh, “Imagens do Inconsciente: Nise, Art and Sensing Mad Worlds in the Twentieth-Century Brazilian Clinic”

Session 6: 11-12:30

  1. Emotions in the History of Music and Popular Print

Ryan Burns, Chair

Marie Louise Herzfeld-Schild, “Musicking the Plague Away: emotional practices of music during the bubonic plague in early modern Vienna”

Darija Andelic-Andzakovic, “Unity and Unisono: Sympathy and Resonance in Eighteenth-Century European Music”

Janet Bourne, “A Woman’s Way of Knowing: emotion and lullabies as heard by early nineteenth-century German mothers”

Imogen Knox, “Representing Male Emotional Pain in Early Modern English Love Ballads”

Tabea Hochstrasser, “Ephemeral Print, Ephemeral Emotions: early modern broadsides and a medium of emotional sociability”

  1. Issues in Chinese Emotions History

Tara Prakash, Chair

Lingheng He, “Crafting ‘Cries’ over Death: the study of literary women’s grief over bereavement in late Imperial China (17th-early 20th centuries)”

      Shu Yang, “An Emotional Illness? The Freudian Hysteria Discourse in Republican China”

Lehyla Heward, “Intermixture of Gender, Emotion and Ethnicity in the Songs of the Northeast Anti-Japanese Army”

  1. Emotions and Issues in Political Theory and Experience

Nikita Arora, Chair

Thiseas Stefanatos, “’My heart and nous tremor’: Entangled emotional regimes in the British Ionian Islands Protectorate, 1815-1865, examined through the Greek Language Question”

Han Hsien Liew, “’I Put My Fear for You Above My Fear of You’: Ibn al-Jawzi and the role of emotions in Islamic political thought”

Session 7: 2-3:30

  1. Emotions and Violence/Pain

Thiseas Stefanatos, Chair

Sabine Ameer, “Decoding the Interlinkage between Deliberate Urban Built Heritage and Human Emotion: the deliberate destruction of Nebi Yunis in Mosul”

Sharon Halevi, “’Vengeance is Mine’: the ‘emotional economy’ of post-revolutionary violence in the early United States”

Johanna Lozoya, “Pain and Architecture: Placing the Punished Body in Cold War Science Fiction (1960-1970)”

J. Branden Little, “Anticipation, Exhilaration, and Alienation: Emotional Odysseys of Volunteers in the First World War”

  1. Early Modern Cultures and Experiences

Marie Louise Herzfeld-Schild, Chair

William M. Reddy, “Disenchantment and Emotion Regulation in the Letters of Elisabeth of Bohemia and Rene Descartes, 1643-1649”

Ryan Burns, “Performing Shame in Early Modern Scotland”

Anna Pravdica “A Social and Emotional History of Sincerity in Early Modern Britain”

 Brendan Tam, “Being the ‘King’s Friend’ during the Reign of George III”

  1. Issues in Recent Emotions History

Susan Matt, Chair

Leanne Downing, “Contemporary Grief Practices and Online Spiritual Mediumship”

Josephine Selander, “The Therapeutic Language of Emotions: mindfulness in mass media in the 2010s”

Barbara Sain, “Lost or Transformed? Wonder and awe in American Catholicism (1960-1980)”

Whitney Wood, “The Emotional Labor of Pelvic Teaching Work in Canadian Medical Schools, 1970-1990”

Session 8: 4-5:30

  1. Love, Gender and Childhood

Stephanie Olsen, Chair

Nikita Arora, “Proscribing and Presenting Love in Punjabi Advice Literature, c., 1900-1940: history of emotions meets history of medicine”

Katie Barclay, “Kissing Children: an emotional history”

Tania Vahtikari, “An Emotional Box; the Finnish ‘baby box’ and the mundane materiality of the welfare society from the 1940s to the present”

  1. Emotions and politics )

Kaitlin Pontzer, Chair

Aylon Cohen, “Fraternal Love, Sodomitical Angst and the Rise of Modern Democracy in Eighteenth-century England”

Jared Kazik Asser, “I have bottled my wrath and intend to keep my powder dry:” Charles Kennen and the Emotional Contests of Reconstruction’s New Departures”

Sara Hidalgo Garcia de Orelhan, “Emotional suffering and resistance. ETA terrorism and Basque Socialism, 1995-2011”

Session 8: 5:45 – 7 Keynote Address:  Dorothy (Dory) Nason, “An Intergenerational Love: Revisiting a Grandmother’s Boarding School Archive.”

 and Business Meeting

7-9 Reception

In memoriam David Konstan

by Curie Virag

We would like to remember and pay tribute to Professor David Konstan (1940-2024), a dear friend to many of us in the emotions community. David was renowned as a classicist who made major contributions to the study of ancient Greek thought, psychology and ethics through pathbreaking publications on topics such as friendship, beauty, sin, and forgiveness. But through his work on emotions (The Emotions of the Ancient Greeks and In the Orbit of Love: Affection in Ancient Greece and Rome, among others), he also impacted fields far beyond the study of Greek and Roman antiquity – including medieval studies and the study of nonwestern cultures.

David took part in the EMMA conference, “Histoire intellectuelle des émotions, de l’Antiquité à nos jours” in Paris (2013), which brough together scholars working in diverse disciplines (from psychology to history to philosophy), time periods (antiquity to modernity) and cultures (Greece, Rome, China, and Europe). His great personal warmth and mischievous wit brought much joy and laughter to our gathering, and the connections he forged there and at other events led to many further cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary collaborations in the study of emotions. David organized several such events himself, including a conference that brought together scholars of Greco-Roman and Chinese traditions (resulting in the publication, Emotions Across Cultures) and – more ambitiously – a series of events that fostered conversation on the conceptualization of emotions among specialists of twelve different classical languages, from Hebrew, Sanskrit and Arabic to Mayan and Sumerian. These projects speak to David’s boundless intellectual energy, his open mind and heart, and his interest in connecting with scholars from many different backgrounds.

Those who knew him know that David’ interest in such topics as love, friendship and beauty was not just academic. His affection, generosity, and joyful embracement of life brought legions into his orbit of love, and reminded us of the beauty to be found in our connections with one another. David inspired so many of us not only with his scholarship, but also with the force of his humanity, and his luminous presence will always remain in our hearts.

Sensibilità moderne

Storie di affetti, passioni e sensi (secoli XV-XVIII)
A cura di Alessandro Arcangeli, Tiziana Plebani
et voici une belle et récente recension : sole24ore16.04.23.arcangeli-plebani
In breve

Sensi ed emozioni contribuiscono da anni ad arricchire la ricerca storica consentendo di rivisitare, con uno sguardo rivolto anche all’antropologia, l’esperienza di vita di donne e uomini del passato; un universo percettivo e affettivo che, in una molteplicità di contesti, apre a diversi paesaggi sonori o olfattivi, così come a […]

EMMA alla Sapienza, le 19 avril 2023

J’ai eu la chance de pouvoir parler d’émotions collectives et de la Pataria milanaise à la Sapienza, sur l’invitation du prof. Umberto Longo. C’est la première fois que je parlais à une salle pleine d’étudiants italiens… Je crois que notre travail intéresse ici…  GRAND MERCI Umberto pour l’invitation, et à Antonio Musarra pour les photos !!!

De plus, j’ai eu un grand plaisir d’exposer où je suis arrivée au bout de 3 mois et un peu plus, avec mon projet de livre : si  à mon arrivée à Rome, j’avais la pâte qui me collait encore aux mains, là j’ai un pain bien formé à mettre au four !!! La cuisson sera encore un bon bout de temps…  mais quelle joie ! Gratitude pour ces mois extraordinaires à l’EFR.

Ho avuto la fortuna di parlare delle emozioni collettive e della Pataria milanese alla Sapienza, invitata per Umberto Longo. È la prima volta che parlavo in italiano a una sala piena di studenti ! Mi sembrava che nostro lavora gli ha interessati. GRAZIE, Umberto per l’invito, Antonio Musarra per le foto !!!

Di più, ho avuto il piacere immenso di esponere dove sono arrivata dopo 3 mesi a Roma col mio progetto di libro. Se quando sono arrivata a Roma l’impasto mi si appiccicava ancora alle mani, ora ho una pagnotta ben formata da mettere in forno! Ci vorrà molto tempo per la cottura… ma che gioia! Tutta la mia gratitudine per questi mesi straordinari all’EFR.


Emozioni e luoghi urbani

Dall’antichità a oggi

a cura di Elisa Novi Chavarria e Philippe Martin,

Rome, Viella, 2021.

Pour l’acheter, cliquer ici !

Possono le emozioni conferire identità e significato ai luoghi? E a loro volta i luoghi sono rappresentativi degli stati emotivi individuali e collettivi di chi li pratica? E che tipo di testimonianze e tracce documentali ne hanno lasciato nell’iconografia e nel lessico delle fonti?

Partendo da questi interrogativi e da visuali tematiche e temporali assai diverse tra loro, che spaziano dall’archeologia al cinema, dal linguaggio dell’arte alla storia, gli autori dei diversi contributi propongono una serie di casi studio in cui la dimensione culturale e performativa delle emozioni va a intrecciarsi con la storia sociale dei processi di configurazione dello spazio urbano.

Il libro include anche un’intervista al land artist Saype, famoso per le sue incredibili realizzazioni di ‘affresco’ della natura in luoghi-simbolo di città come Parigi, Istanbul e New York.

Les émotions collectives en vedette à l’École Française de Rome !

Présentation d’ouvrage

Périodes : Antiquité, Moyen Âge, Époque moderne, Époque contemporaine

Le 06/04/2023 de 18 h 00 à 19 h 30

Accès libre

6 avril 2023, 18 h – 19 h 30, Rome 


Présentation d’ouvrage Histoire des émotions collectives. Épistémologie, émergences, expériences, sous la direction de Damien Boquet, Piroska Nagy et Lidia Zanetti Domingues (Paris, Classiques Garnier, 2022). 

Modération : Chloé Tardivel (EFR) et Elisa Novi Chavarria (Università degli Studi del Molise)

Avec la participation des trois éditeurs du volume.

Ernesto de Martino, Mort et pleurs rituels : de la lamentation funèbre antique à la plainte de Marie

Ce livre magistral, enfin lisible en français !

Traduction MARCELLO MASSENZIO  – Langue d’origine : ITALIEN

  • Ecole Hautes Etudes En Sciences Sociales
  • À propos

    Dans Mort et pleurs rituels, Ernesto De Martino présente les résultats de son enquête ethnographique menée en Lucanie sur les coutumes funéraires. Il revient aux origines de celles-ci, fondées sur le refus d’une mort insignifiante et l’exigence humaine visant à procurer au défunt une seconde mort d’ordre culturel. Parmi ces dernières, l’institution de la plainte funèbre a joué un rôle primordial dans les civilisations méditerranéennes antiques.
    L’ouvrage se clôt sur l’Atlas illustré des pleurs, inventaire des techniques du corps exprimant le pathos : le riche répertoire des images (qui vont de



    Introduction de Marcello Massenzio. La sagesse cachée des pleurs rituels.
    Chapitre premier. Crise de la présence et crise du deuil.
    Chapitre 2. La plainte funèbre de la Lucanie.
    Chapitre 3. La plainte funèbre folklorique euroméditerranéenne.
    Chapitre 4. Les funérailles de Lazzaro Boia.
    Chapitre 5. La lamentation funèbre antique.
    Chapitre 6. La moisson de la douleur.
    Chapitre 7. Grandeur et décadence des pleurs antiques.
    Atlas illustré des pleurs.

Pour une histoire de l’expérience: le laboratoire médiéval

Voici  le dernier numéro de la revue Memini. Travaux et documents, de la Société des Études Médiévales du Québec, dont la partie thématique a été concoctée par Xavier Biron-Ouellet et votre serviteur, à partir du séminaire en ligne tenu pendant la pandémie (2020-21) et consacré à l’histoire de l’expérience. 

Comprise comme étude de la mise en forme, nécessairement subjective et culturelle, de ce qui est vécu sur le plan corporel, sensoriel, émotionnel et cognitif, la notion d’expérience permet de ne pas séparer l’émotion du sensoriel, le corporel du cognitif…

Voici la table des matières du numéro :


La « chose publique » au Moyen Âge : à la recherche d’expériences. Séminaire en ligne (en Français et anglais)

L’existence de la sphère ou de l’espace publics, ainsi que celle de l’opinion publique, sont encore souvent considérées comme des phénomènes propres à la modernité. À une époque où le triomphe de l’ordre néolibéral entraîne l’érosion politique, juridique et pratique de ce qui peut être public et commun, il est urgent de se pencher sur les expériences de la res publica et à leurs conditions de possibilité à d’autres époques – enfin, sur ce qui les fait exister et perdurer.

Les médiévistes à l’origine de ce projet proposent de travailler en deux directions pour dépasser un débat souvent trop concentré sur la définition et la genèse d’un phénomène supposément moderne. D’une part, focaliser avant tout sur les modalités des expériences mises en œuvre; d’autre part, s’aventurer en amont de cette chronologie pour relire les propositions modernes dans une perspective de longue durée. Il s’agira ainsi de mettre de l’avant les débats, les discussions et leurs modalités d’un côté, l’enquête contextuelle autour des notions impliquant une publicité de l’autre.

Parmi les thèmes explorés dans le séminaire:

  • Les gestes ou paroles qui suggèrent, dans une source, que les événements rapportés se déroulaient dans un espace « public »
  • Le rôle des débats lors de conciles, de synodes, d’assemblées du peuple, de celles rurales ou citadines, mais aussi des associations religieuses ou professionnelles, dans la construction d’un espace ou débat public au Moyen Âge ;
  • Le lien entre le développement d’une opinion publique et l’existence de communautés basées sur la transmission orale de traditions ou de textes, ou encore sur la circulation de manuscrits ;
  • La valeur de concepts tels que la fama publica, le bonum commune, la pax publica et l’intérêt public dans le droit et la vie sociale ;
  • Les performances et spectacles médiévales (théâtre, prédication, performances de chansons de geste…) et leur contribution à la création d’une sphère publique ;
  • Le rôle de la propagande au Moyen Âge, et ce dès l’époque des pères ;
  • Le rapport entre types de régime politique et définitions de la publicité de l’espace, de l’opinion, de la sphère ;
  • Les épisodes historiques où l’opinion du peuple incarne la communauté et fait peur aux pouvoirs.

Les deux premières séances proposent une enquête conceptuelle préalable sur les théorisations de l’espace public dans les sciences sociales et les études médiévales, ainsi qu’une enquête archéologique sur le vocabulaire du public et du commun dans les sources du Moyen Âge.

Ensuite, nous proposons des séances pour discuter de travaux en cours, de sources, ou de lectures proposées par les participant.e.s.

Pour obtenir l’adresse Zoom pour se joindre au séminaire ou pour proposer une séance, veuillez contacter les organisatrices :

Piroska NAGY (GRHS, UQAM ):

Lidia ZANETTI DOMINGUES (Univ. de Milan):


Le séminaire proposé se tiendra en ligne le vendredi à 16h-18h en Europe et à 10h-12h sur la côte Est des Amériques, sauf exception (y compris des séances doubles, de 3h).

17/12 Piroska Nagy, Lidia Zanetti Domingues: Introduction. Penser la sphère publique médiévale en 2021

14/01 Piroska Nagy, Lidia Zanetti Domingues: Archéologie médiévale du vocabulaire

4/02 Alain Rauwel, Univ. de Bourgogne: L’Église comme espace public

18/02 (séance double: 9h30-12h30/15h30-18h30)

Aglae Pizzone, Univ. of Southern Denmark: An Economy of Fear: Public Opinion in the Studite Environment During the Iconoclastic Era

11h/17h : Warren Pezé, Univ. Paris-Est-Créteil: L’économie des noms propres en contexte polémique (dénonciation, antonomase, anonymat) et “l’espace public” carolingien

25/03 (séance double: 9h30-12h30/15h30-18h30)

Fabrice Mouthon, Univ. Savoie Mont Blanc: La place du village, espace de discussion politique à la fin du Moyen Âge

11h/17h : Michele Lodone, Univ. Ca’Foscari/Chicago: Prophecy and the Public Sphere in Late Medieval Florence

8/04 (séance double : 9h30-12h30/15h30-18h30)

Michel Hébert, UQAM: Les villes et le prince en Provence à la fin du Moyen Âge. Espace public, contrat politique ou servitude volontaire ?

11h/17h Sylvain Piron, EHESS: Christine l’Admirable et les saintes femmes du diocèse de Liège dans l’espace public

22/04 Andrea Gamberini, Milan: titre à confirmer

13/05 Julien Théry, Univ. Lyon: “La voix et commune renommée” comme institution de la publicité médiévale (XIIe-XVe s.)


Rita Copeland, Emotion and the History of Rhetoric in the Middle Ages

Oxford University Press, December 2021, 115$

  • The first book-length study on medieval rhetoric and the emotions
  • Features long historical coverage from late antiquity to the cusp of early modernity
  • A fresh approach to the history of rhetoric
  • A new systematic framework for the history of emotions
  • Brings the history of ideas, literary history, the history of pedagogy, and political and philosophical thought into conversation

Rhetoric is an engine of social discourse and the art charged with generating and swaying emotion. The history of rhetoric provides a continuous structure by which we can measure how emotions were understood, articulated, and mobilized under various historical circumstances and social contracts. This book is about how rhetoric in the West, from Late Antiquity to the later Middle Ages, represented the role of emotion in shaping persuasions. It is the first book-length study of medieval rhetoric and the emotions, coloring that rhetorical history between about 600 CE and the cusp of early modernity. Rhetoric in the Middle Ages, as in other periods, constituted the gateway training for anyone engaged in emotionally persuasive writing. Medieval rhetorical thought on emotion has multiple strands of influence and sedimentations of practice. The earliest and most persistent tradition treated emotional persuasion as a property of surface stylistic effect, which can be seen in the medieval rhetorics of poetry and prose, and in literary production. But the impact of Aristotelian rhetoric, which reached the Latin West in the thirteenth century, gave emotional persuasion a core role in reasoning, incorporating it into the key device of proof, the enthymeme. In Aristotle, medieval teachers and writers found a new rhetorical language to explain the social and psychological factors that affect an audience. With Aristotelian rhetoric, the emotions became political. The impact of Aristotle’s rhetorical approach to emotions was to be felt in medieval political treatises, in poetry, and in preaching.


1. Before the Middle Ages: Emotion from Invention to Style
2. Christian and Literary Rhetorics of the Early Middle Ages: Emotion as the Property of Style
3. Emotion in the Rhetorical Arts and Literary Culture c. 1070-c.1400
4. Aristotle’s Rhetoric in the Latin West: The Fortunes of the Path?
5. De regimine principum: Emotion, Persuasion, and Political Thought
6. Political Poetics and the Aristotelian Turn: Dante, Chaucer, and Hoccleve
7. Preaching, Emotion, and the Aristotelian Turn
Epilogue: Mixed Rhetorics

Pauline Valade, Le goût de la joie. Réjouissances monarchiques et joie publique à Paris au XVIIIe siècle

Paris, Champ Vallon, 2021
15,5 x 24 cm, 424 pages
ISBN 979-10-267-0978-7
26 €

Au XVIIIe siècle, Paris célébrait chaque événement heureux pour la Couronne. La Maison du Roi, le Bureau de la Ville et le Châtelet de Paris organisaient les réjouissances. Les manifestations de joie étaient donc contrôlées par les autorités qui y voyaient les signes tangibles d’une communion avec les sentiments du souverain. Pour autant, l’expérience de la joie publique n’était pas celle d’une obéissance passive. Les Parisiens s’appropriaient les réjouissances aussi bien en participant qu’en détournant certaines normes de réjouissances. Ils fabriquaient leur propre culture de l’approbation, empreinte d’une critique à peine voilée. Dès 1770, les gestes traditionnels des réjouissances furent progressivement détournés pour faire valoir un droit de se réjouir indépendamment de la Couronne.


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Megan Moore, The erotics of Grief. Emotions and the Construction of Privilege in the Medieval Mediterranean

Cornell University Press, 2021

The Erotics of Grief considers how emotions propagate power by exploring whose lives are grieved and what kinds of grief are valuable within and eroticized by medieval narratives. Megan Moore argues that grief is not only routinely eroticized in medieval literature but that it is a foundational emotion of medieval elite culture.

Focusing on the concept of grief as desire, Moore builds on the history of the emotions and Georges Bataille’s theory of the erotic as the conflict between desire and death, one that perversely builds a sense of community organized around a desire for death. The link between desire and death serves as an affirmation of living communities. Moore incorporates literary, visual, and codicological evidence in sources from across the Mediterranean—from Old French chansons de geste, such as the Song of Roland and La mort le roi Artu and romances such as Erec et Enide, Philomena, and Floire et Blancheflor; to Byzantine and ancient Greek novels; to Middle English travel narratives such as Mandeville’s Travels.

In her reading of the performance of grief as one of community and remembrance, Moore assesses why some lives are imagined as mattering more than others and explores how a language of grief becomes a common language of status among the medieval Mediterranean elite.


Introduction: Desire and Death in Elite Medieval Emotional Communities
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Chapter 1. Philomena and the Erotics of Privilege in the Middle Ages
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Chapter 2. Widows and the Romance of Grief
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Chapter 3. Masculinity, Mourning, and Epic Sacrifice
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Chapter 4. Toward a Mediterranean Erotics of Grief
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Conclusion: The Erotics of Grief and the Stakes of Community
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Appendix 1: Selected Illuminations of Knights Being Grieved
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Appendix 2. Selected Illuminations of Lovers in Death
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