History of emotions
in The houses of history
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From the late twentieth century, historians have combined theoretical perspectives to tackle new topics or to revisit the old. One such amalgamation occurred in the history of emotions, in which historians have integrated ideas derived from psychology, sociology, anthropology, linguistics, and cultural studies. Psychological theorists agree that emotion has multiple components. This chapter discusses three main models of emotions, such as natural kinds, cognitive appraisal and psychological constructionism, suggested by Kristen Lindquist. Three historians have been pre-eminent in the development of emotions history since the 1980s: Peter Stearns, William Reddy, and Barbara Rosenwein. The chapter also discusses the approaches and terms each has introduced and considers how other historians have expanded their work. It presents an excerpt from 'Confronting death' in which Rosenwein suggests that readers can see different emotional communities within the larger Christian community of pre-eighth-century Gaul.

The houses of history

A critical reader in history and theory, second edition

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