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A history of feelings / Rob Boddice.

  • Boddice, Rob
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"What does it mean to feel something? What stimulates our desires, aspirations and dreams? Did our ancestors feel in the same way to us? Historians have tried to make sense of our feelings, passions, moods, emotions and sentiments over the last decade in a wave of new research. For the first time, however, Rob Boddice brings together the latest findings to trace the complex history of feelings from antiquity to the present. A History of Feelings is a compelling account of the unsaid - the gestural, affective and experiential. Rob Boddice argues that how we feel is the dynamic product of the existence of our minds and bodies in moments of time and space. Using a progressive approach that integrates biological, anthropological and social and cultural factors, he describes the evolution of emotional encounters and individual experiences across the globe. Written by one of the world's leading scholars of the history of emotions, this epic exploration of our affective life is essential reading for all those fascinated by our own well-being." -- Publisher description.


London : Reaktion Books Ltd, 2019.

Physical description

231 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-223) and index.


Introduction: feeling for history - Archaic and classical passions - Rhetorical and bodily feelings -- Motions and machinations -- The age of unreason -- Senselessness and insensibility -- The ministry of happiness -- Conclusion: the value of experience.


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    History of Medicine PQE /BOD


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  • 1789140676
  • 9781789140675