The Navigation of Feeling: A Framework for the History of Emotions

Hardcover | September 10, 2001

byWilliam M. Reddy

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The Navigation of Feeling critiques recent psychological and anthropological research on emotions. William M. Reddy offers a new theory of emotions and historical change, drawing on research from many academic disciplines. This new theory makes it possible to see how emotions change over time, how emotions have a very important impact on the shape of history, and how different social orders either facilitate emotional life or make it more difficult. This theory is fully explored in a case study of the French Revolution.

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The Navigation of Feeling critiques recent psychological and anthropological research on emotions. William M. Reddy offers a new theory of emotions and historical change, drawing on research from many academic disciplines. This new theory makes it possible to see how emotions change over time, how emotions have a very important impact ...

Format:HardcoverPublished:September 10, 2001Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521803039

ISBN - 13:9780521803038

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Preface; Part I. What are Emotions?: 1. Answers from cognitive psychology; 2. Answers from anthropology; 3. Emotional expression as a type of speech act; 4. Emotional liberty; Part II. Emotions in History: France 1700-1850: 5. The flowering of sentimentalism (1700-1789); 6. Sentimentalism in the making of the French Revolution (1789-1815); 7. Liberal reason, romantic passions (1815-1848); 8. Personal destinies: case material of the early nineteenth century; Conclusion; Appendix A: detailed review of anomalous cases from the Gazette des Tribunaux sample; Appendix B: detailed review of anomalous cases from the Tribunal Civil de Versailles sample; References; Index.

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"...a valuable contribution to emotion literature." Canadian Social Studies, Jane Lee-Sinden