Victorian Emotions: BAVS Talks 2016 (VIDEO)

On 10 May 2016, the British Association of Victorian Studies (BAVS) hosted and filmed four short talks by Victorianists. All four talks are now available to watch on YouTube (and below) and all of them hold potential interest for historians of … Continue reading

Decolonising Theories of the Emotions

This post by Professor Sneja Gunew is a slightly modified version of a guest editorial first published in a special issue of the journal Samyukta: A Journal of Gender and Culture brought out from Kerala, India, in January 2016. It is republished here … Continue reading

Post-Referendum Depression

Dr Julie V. Gottlieb is Reader in Modern History at the University of Sheffield, and the author of ‘Guilty Women’, Foreign Policy, and Appeasement in Inter-War Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).  In this post, originally published on the University of Sheffield’s ‘History … Continue reading

Emotions in the Wild

A Conversation With Charles Foster Charles Foster’s Being a Beast (Profile, 2016) is an extraordinary book about the author’s life-long fascination with the minds of animals and his attempts to see the world through their eyes –  to feel their sensations, … Continue reading

Jesus Wept: On Umberto Eco and John Donne

Is weeping more Christ-like than laughing? Dr Lucy Allen is a medievalist working on the literature and culture of late-medieval England, and as a teaching associate of the English Faculty at the University of Cambridge. In this post, re-published with kind permission from … Continue reading

History in British Tears

Dr Thomas Dixon is the Director of the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary University of London. Here, on the occasion of the publication of his new book, he reflects on his experience of researching and writing … Continue reading

REVIEW: Inside Out and the democracy of the modern mind

As we drove to our local cinema to see Inside Out, my five year-old son asked me: “So what is this film going to be about?” “Feelings,” I said, “the feelings that live inside our heads”. He thought for a … Continue reading