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The Navigation of Feeling
A Framework for the History of Emotions

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  • Date Published: January 2005
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  • isbn: 9780511032646

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  • In The Navigation of Feeling: A Framework for the History of Emotions, William M. Reddy offers a theory of emotions which both critiques and expands upon recent research in the fields of anthropology and psychology. Exploring the links between emotion and cognition, between culture and emotional expression, Reddy applies this theory of emotions to the processes of history. He demonstrates how emotions change over time, how emotions have a very important impact on the course of events, and how different social orders either facilitate or constrain emotional life. In an investigation of Revolutionary France, where sentimentalism in literature and philosophy had promised a new and unprecedented kind of emotional liberty, Reddy's theory of emotions and historical change is successfully put to the test.

    • An interdisciplinary study of emotions, drawing on works in psychology, anthropology, philosophy, and history
    • Provides a close reading and new interpretation of eighteenth-century sentimentalism, the Jacobin Republic, and postrevolutionary settlement in France
    • Reconceptualizes political liberty as an emotional issue
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    'Brilliant and wonderful: this is a book of profound scholarship that will become central to the fast growing interdisciplinary interest in emotion. Reddy bridges psychology, anthropology and history to explore the fascinating idea that emotion is the process that manages the concerns that are most intimate to humankind.' Keith Oatley, University of Toronto

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    • Date Published: January 2005
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511032646
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    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 (1700–89)
    6. Sentimentalism in the making of the French Revolution (1789–1815)
    7. Liberal reason, romantic passions (1815–48)
    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.

  • Author

    William M. Reddy, Duke University, North Carolina
    William M. Reddy is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fulbright Fellow, a Fellow of the National Humanities Centre, and a visiting professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. He is the author of three previous books: The Invisible Code: Honor and Sentiment in Postrevolutionary France, 1815–1848 (University of California Press, 1987); Money and Liberty in Modern Europe: A Critique of Historical Understanding (Cambridge University Press, 1987); The Rise of Market Culture: The Textile Trade and French Society, 1750–1900 (Cambridge University Press, 1984).

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