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Emotions, Bodies, and Things in Germany, 1500–1950
Edited by Derek Hillard, Heikki Lempa, and Russell Spinney
286 pages, 12 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78920-551-0 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (January 2020)
eISBN 978-1-78920-552-7 eBook
“This important contribution to the study of emotions opens up an interesting, theoretically valid, and yet largely overlooked area of the field. The editors have produced a stimulating collection that will inspire further discussion of the bodily and material dimensions of emotion.” • Agnes Arndt, Max Planck Institute for Human Development
Of the many innovative approaches to emerge during the twenty-first century, one of the most productive has been the interdisciplinary nexus of theories and methodologies broadly defined as “the study of emotions.” While this conceptual toolkit has generated significant insights, it has overwhelmingly focused on emotions as linguistic and semantic phenomena. This edited volume looks instead to the material aspects of emotion in German culture, encompassing the body, literature, photography, aesthetics, and a variety of other themes.
Derek Hillard is Professor of German at Kansas State University. He is the author of Poetry as Individuality: The Discourse of Observation in Paul Celan (2010) as well as recent essays on Alfred Döblin and Ernst Jünger.
Heikki Lempa is Professor of Modern European and German History at Moravian College. He is the author of Beyond the Gymnasium: Educating the Middle-Class Bodies in Classical Germany (2007) and Bildung der Triebe. Der deutsche Philanthropismus (1768–1788) (1993).
Russell A. Spinney is an independent historian and instructor at the Thacher School in Ojai, California. He recently co-authored and edited a special issue of Contemporary European History on the history of emotions in twentieth-century Europe.
Subject: History: 18th/19th Century Media Studies History: Medieval/Early Modern Literary Studies
Derek Hillard, Heikki Lempa, and Russell Spinney
PART I: EMOTIONS AND BODIES
Chapter 1. Mesmerizing Encounters: Affect and Animal Magnetism
Chapter 2. Emotional Contagions: Franz Liszt and the Materiality of Celebrity Culture in the 1830s and 1840s
Chapter 3. Reading Embodied Emotions in Rilke’s Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge
Chapter 4. Embodied Emotions: On the Communist Habitus of Agitprop
Chapter 5. A Skin of Hatred: How Bodies Are Involved in the Memory of Emotions and Anti-Semitic Practice of the Weimar Republic
PART II: EMOTIONS, SPACES, AND MATERIAL INTERESTS
Chapter 6. Early Modern Embodiments of Laughter: The Journal of Felix Platter
Chapter 7. Beyond Interiority: Shame and Empathy in Karl Philipp Moritzʼs Anton Reiser
Chapter 8. Gambling and Emotion
Chapter 9. Emotions and Material Interests in the Sales Talk of German Spa Guides, 1820–1914
PART III: EMOTIONS AND THINGS
Chapter 10. The Paper Bird: Emotions and Things in the Pedagogy of Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi and Friedrich Fröbel
Ann Taylor Allen
Chapter 11. Reading Early German Photographs for Histories of Emotion
Chapter 12. The Emotional Language of Flowers
Chapter 13. Banners and Flags, Mottoes, Lieder: German Choral Societies and Material Culture, 1871–1918
Chapter 14. Corporeality, Materiality, and Unnamed Emotions in Rilke’s Dinggedichte
Chapter 15. Inscribing Grief: Private Practices of Bereavement in Wartime
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