Sexed Sentiments

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender and Emotion


Sexed Sentiments provides a gender perspective on the recent turn to affect in criticism. It presents new work by scholars from different disciplines working on gender and emotion, a field par excellence where an interdisciplinary focus is fruitful. This collection presents essays from disciplines like history, literary studies, psychology, sociology and queer studies, focusing on subjects varying from masculinity in the cult of sensibility to the role of empathy in forging feminist solidarities. The volume illuminates how new theoretical approaches to both gender and emotion may be productively applied to a variety of fields.
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Table of contents

Willemijn Ruberg: Introduction
Historical Perspectives
E. Deidre Pribram: An Individual of Feeling: Emotion, Gender, and Subjectivity in Historical Perspectives on Sensibility
Kevin O’Neill: ‘Pale & Dejected Exhausted by the Waste of Sorrow’: Courtship and the Expression of Emotion, Mary Shackleton, 1783-1791
Odette Clarke: Divine Providence and Resignation: The Role of Religion in the Management of the Emotions of the Anglo-Irish Countess of Dunraven, Caroline Wyndham-Quin (1790-1870)
Literary Perspectives
Kristine Steenbergh: Emotion, Performance and Gender in Shakespeare’s Hamlet
Evert Jan van Leeuwen: Monstrous Masculinity and Emotional Torture in William Godwin’s Fleetwood; or, the New Man of Feeling
Sinéad McDermott: The Double Wound: Shame and Trauma in Joy Kogawa’s Obasan
Ingrid Hotz-Davies: Quentin Crisp, Camp and the Art of Shamelessness
Social Science Perspectives
Abigail Locke: The Social Psychologising of Emotion and Gender: A Critical Perspective
Breda Gray: Empathy, Emotion and Feminist Solidarities


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