Generations of Feeling

Generations of Feeling

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Barbara H. Rosenwein
Cambridge University Press, 10/15/2015
EAN 9781107097049, ISBN10: 1107097045

Hardcover, 390 pages, 23.5 x 15.6 x 2.4 cm
Language: English

Generations of Feeling is the first book to provide a comprehensive history of emotions in pre- and early modern Western Europe. Charting the varieties, transformations and constants of human sentiments over the course of eleven centuries, Barbara H. Rosenwein explores the feelings expressed in a wide range of 'emotional communities' as well as the theories that served to inform and reflect their times. Focusing specifically on groups within England and France, chapters address communities as diverse as the monastery of Rievaulx in twelfth-century England and the ducal court of fifteenth-century Burgundy, assessing the ways in which emotional norms and modes of expression respond to, and in turn create, their social, religious, ideological, and cultural environments. Contemplating emotions experienced 'on the ground' as well as those theorized in the treatises of Alcuin, Thomas Aquinas, Jean Gerson and Thomas Hobbes, this insightful study offers a profound new narrative of emotional life in the West.

1. Ancient theories
2. Attachment and detachment
3. Alcuin's therapy
4. Love and treachery
5. Thomas' passions
6. Theatricality and sobriety
7. Gerson's music
8. Despair and happiness
9. Hobbes' motions