This introduction to the special issue on ‘Emotions and Change’ introduces the main theories of the role of emotion in processes of social and political change, as well as how emotion is theorised to change over time. It introduces the articles within this issue as part of this literature, highlighting how they contribute and extend the field, notably in their discussion of ambivalence and stasis as part of movement.
A key question for historians of emotion has been the relationship between the expression of emotion and the corporeal experience of emotion by historical subjects. Recently, work indebted to practice and performance theories has emphasised language’s productive capacities to produce emotion performatively. New Materialism extends this conversation by suggesting an alternative imagining of ‘matter’ – the corporeal – which attributes it greater agency in systems of discursive production. This article explores in particular the work of theorist Karen Barad and the implications of her work for the history of emotions.
Kathryn Temple and David Lemmings
This interdisciplinary forum examines the relationship between constitutional patriotism and emotions as a departure point for discussions about the legitimation of government in international and national contexts. The essays range broadly from medieval to modern times; they critically consider
Edited by Katie Barclay, Andrew Lynch and Giovanni Tarantino
EHCS welcomes theoretically-informed work from a range of historical, cultural and social domains. The journal aims to illuminate (1) the ways emotion is conceptualized and understood in different temporal or cultural settings, from antiquity to the present, and across the globe; (2) the impact of emotion on human action and in processes of change; and (3) the influence of emotional legacies from the past on current social, cultural and political practices.
EHCS is interested in multidisciplinary approaches (both qualitative and quantitative), from history, art, literature, languages, music, politics, sociology, cognitive sciences, cultural studies, environmental humanities, religious studies, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, and related disciplines. The journal also invites papers that interrogate the methodological and critical problems of exploring emotions in historical, cultural and social contexts, and the relation between past and present in the study of feelings, passions, sentiments, emotions and affects. Finally, Emotions also accepts theoretically-informed and reflective scholarship that explores how scholars access, uncover, construct and engage with emotions in their own scholarly practice.
Following an initial review process by the editors, EHCS sends acceptable submissions to two expert independent readers outside the author’s home institution, employing a double-blind review procedure.
EHCS is published on behalf of the Society for the History of Emotions.
How can a historian gain access to the passions of the dead? 1 ⸪ Peter Burke’s question, first posed at the opening of a conference on ‘Representing Emotions’ in 2001, is one that preoccupies every historian of feeling, regardless of the historical period, region, social group or cultural
, ‘How did you feel after you wrote the Declaration of Independence, sad because you thought you might be hanged, or happy because you had gone against Britain?’ 1 The imagined Jefferson responds, ‘I had mixed emotions due to the alterations … by the congress. In general, I was pleased because the
What makes an emotion collective, and in what sense, if any, does it differ from an individual emotion? 1 How, as historians, can we deal with accounts of collective emotions in historical narratives? These are the questions addressed by this paper, which invites the reader on a remote
Paul D. Halliday
our story: he used the Charter to perform and foster patriotic emotions in new ways. 29 Lambarde prefigured Coke’s constitutional patriotism when he declared the ‘ Great Charter of the Liberties of England … [to be] … the first Letters of Manumission of the people of this Realme out of the
explanations of his state of mind; it explores how Mitchell’s letters enabled him to formulate and manage his emotions, and to shape them into a personal and public identity. While the history of emotions is an emerging field, the emotions of diplomats are an even newer topic of research. 3 Mitchell’s papers
but evolved towards becoming a kind of basic emotion, a cultural category, something of a ‘floating signifier’, 10 which enabled nineteenth-century French writers to use the word in more creative ways. 11 Dodman’s works do not specifically focus on the phenomenon of nostalgia, but he notes the