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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
“All in all, the strength of this collection lies in the theoretical reflexions on the link between physicality and emotions as shown in the different examples. The concept of materiality is in most contributions seen as closely linked with physicality. The publication thus follows on from existing research on the history of emotions as the history of the body and sheds light on new facets of this area of historical and literary studies.” • H-Soz-Kult
“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.