(Vient de paraître) Die Politik der Demütigung (Ute Frevert)

Source : S. Fischer Verlage

Ute Frevert, Die Politik der Demütigung. Schauplätze von Macht und Ohnmacht, S. Fischer Verlage, 2017.

Présentation de l’éditeur:

In einem brillanten Gang durch 250 Jahre Geschichte schildert die bekannte Historikerin Ute Frevert, welche Rolle die öffentliche Beschämung in der modernen Gesellschaft spielt. In den unterschiedlichsten Bereichen werden die Demütigung und das damit einhergehende Gefühl der Scham zum Mittel der Macht – ob in der Erziehung von Kindern, im Strafrecht oder in Diplomatie und Politik.
So wurden nach 1944 in Frankreich Frauen, die sich mit deutschen Besatzern eingelassen hatten, die Haare geschoren. Richter in den USA bestrafen Bürger neuerdings damit, dass diese an belebten Straßen auf einem Schild ihr Vergehen kundtun müssen. Nicht zuletzt der Medienpranger – wie im Fall von Jan Böhmermanns Schmähgedicht auf den türkischen Präsidenten Erdogan – und das Internet haben die öffentliche Beschämung allgegenwärtig gemacht.
Ute Frevert zeigt nicht nur an zahlreichen Beispielen aus der Geschichte, wie Demütigungen in Szene gesetzt wurden und werden (wobei sich die Bilder über Epochen und Kulturen hinweg erstaunlich gleichen). Sie macht auch klar, dass die Moderne den Pranger keineswegs abgeschafft, sondern im Gegenteil neu erfunden hat. Nicht mehr der Staat beschämt und demütigt, sondern die Gesellschaft.

(Vient de paraître) Emotional Cities (Joseph Ben Prestel)

Source : OUP

Joseph Ben Prestel, Emotional Cities. Debates on Urban Change in Berlin and Cairo, 1860-1910, OUP, 2017

Présentation de l’éditeur:

Emotional Cities offers an innovative account of the history of cities in the second half of the nineteenth century. Analyzing debates about emotions and urban change, it questions the assumed dissimilarity of the history of European and Middle Eastern cities during this period. The author shows that between 1860 and 1910, contemporaries in both Berlin and Cairo began to negotiate the transformation of the urban realm in terms of emotions. Looking at the ways in which a variety of urban dwellers, from psychologists to bar maids, framed recent changes in terms of their effect on love, honor, or disgust, the book reveals striking parallels between the histories of the two cities. By combining urban history and the history of emotions, Prestel proposes a new perspective on the emergence of different, yet comparable cities at the end of the nineteenth century.

Sommaire :

1: What is Love? Morality and « French Stimulation » in Berlin
2: Who is Rational? Feelings between Hearts and Hymens in Cairo
3: Streets of Excitement: Emotions on Friedrichstraße
4: Neighborhood of Passion: Losing Rationality in Azbakiyya
5: Precarious Calm: Berlin’s Emotional Reform
6: Haunted Happiness: Cairo’s Suburbs and Sports
Conclusion: Towards a Global History of Urban Change in the Nineteenth Century

(Vient de paraître) What is the History of Emotions? (B. H. Rosenwein and R. Cristiani)

Source : Polity Press

What is the History of Emotions?

B. H. Rosenwein and R. Cristiani, What is the History of Emotions?, Polity Press, 2018

Présentation de l’éditeur :

What is the History of Emotions?  offers an accessible path through the thicket of approaches, debates, and past and current trends in the history of emotions. Although historians have always talked about how people felt in the past, it is only in the last two decades that they have found systematic and well-grounded ways to treat the topic.

Rosenwein and Cristiani begin with the science of emotion, explaining what contemporary psychologists and neuropsychologists think emotions are. They continue with the major early, foundational approaches to the history of emotions, and they treat in depth new work that emphasizes the role of the body and its gestures. Along the way, they discuss how ideas about emotions and their history have been incorporated into modern literature and technology, from children’s books to videogames.

Students, teachers, and anyone else interested in emotions and how to think about them historically will find this book to be an indispensable and fascinating guide not only to the past but to what may lie ahead.


Chapter 1: Science
Chapter 2: Approaches
Chapter 3: Bodies
Chapter 4: Futures
Selected Reading

(Vient de paraître) The Power of Laughter and Satire in Early Modern Britain

Source :  The Boydell Press

Mark Knights, Adam Morton éd., The Power of Laughter and Satire in Early Modern Britain. Political and Religious Culture, 1500-1820, Woodbridge, The Boydell Press, 2017.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

This interdisciplinary collection considers the related topics of satire and laughter in early modern Britain through a series of case studies ranging from the anti-monastic polemics of the early Reformation to the satirical invasion prints of the Napoleonic wars. Moving beyond the traditional literary canon to investigate printed material of all kinds, both textual and visual, it considers satire as a mode or attitude rather than a literary genre and is distinctive in its combination of broad historial range and thick description of individual instances.
Within an over-arching investigation of the dual role of laughter and satire as a defence of communal values and as a challenge to political, religious and social constructions of authority, the individual chapters by leading scholars provide richly contextualised studies of the uses of laughter and satire in various settings – religious, political, theatrical and literary. Drawing on some unfamiliar and intriguing source material and on recent work on the history of the emotions, the contributors consider not just the texts themselves but their effect on their audiences, and chart both the changing use of humour and satire across the whole early modern period and, importantly, the less often noticed strands of continuity, for instance in the persistence of religious tropes throughout the period.

Vient de paraître : Genealogies of Emotions, Intimacies, and Desire (Ann Brooks)

Source : Routledge

Présentation de l’éditeur:

Ann Brooks, Genealogies of Emotions, Intimacies, and Desire. Theories of Changes in Emotional Regimes from Medieval Society to Late Modernity, Routledge, 2017


Genealogies of Emotions, Intimacies and Desire excavates epistemologies which attempt to explain changes in emotional regimes from medieval society to late modernity. Key in this debate is the concept of intimacy. The book shows that different historical periods are characterized by emotional regimes where intimacy in the form of desire, sex, passion, and sex largely exist outside marriage, and that marriage and traditional normative values and structures are fundamentally incompatible with the expression of intimacy in the history of emotional regimes.

The book draws on the work of a number of theorists who assess change in emotional regimes by drawing on intimacy including Michel Foucault, Eva Illouz, Lauren Berlant, Anthony Giddens, Laura Ann Stoler, Anne McClintock, Niklas Luhmann and David Shumway. Some of the areas covered by the book include: Foucault, sex and sexuality; romantic and courtly love; intimacy in late modernity; Imperial power, gender and intimacy, intimacy and feminist interventions; and the commercialization of intimacy.


Foreword. Foucault’s History of Sexuality – the Production of Sexual Discourses in Classical Antiquity and Beyond. David Konstan

Introduction – What’s Love Got to do with it?

1. Genealogies of Emotions, Intimacy and Desire: Theories of Changes in Emotional Regimes from Medieval Society to Late Modernity.

2. Foucault’s Genealogy of Sexuality –Foucault, Sex and Power.

3. Narratives of Romantic Love – The History of Courtly Love.

4. « Mapping Intimacy Through Sex in Twentieth Century Colonial Cultures » – Laura Ann Stoler and Anne McClintock.

5. Love and Intimacy in Late Modernity –The Transformation of Intimacy.

6. « The Intelligence of Emotions »: Intimacy, Emotions and the « Turn to Affect » – Feminist Interventions.

7. Intimacy, Emotions and the Public Sphere: From Sentimental Ideology to « The Queen of America »- the Public and the Private in the Work of Lauren Berlant.

8. Conclusion

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