REVIEW ESSAY: Shakespeare’s emotional turn

Dr Una McIlvenna is Lecturer in Early Modern Literature at the University of Kent. From 2011-2014 she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, based at the University of … Continue reading

REVIEW. The History of Emotions: An Introduction by Jan Plamper

Professor William M. Reddy is William T. Laprade Professor of History and Professor of Cultural Anthropology, at Duke University. Here he reviews Professor Jan Plamper‘s introduction to the field. Jan Plamper, The History of Emotions: An Introduction, translated by Keith Tribe (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), … Continue reading

REVIEW: The Recent History of Seasonal Affective Disorder

Dr Åsa Jansson completed her PhD at the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary University of London in 2014. Her thesis mapped the re-conceptualisation of melancholia as a modern biomedical mental disease in Victorian medicine. In this blog … Continue reading

Can governments cultivate love in their citizens?

Should liberal governments try to cultivate certain emotional states in their citizens? This is the interesting contention of the latest book from Martha C. Nussbaum, the leading philosopher of the emotions. In Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice, Nussbaum … Continue reading