Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Andreea Marculescu, Charles-Louis Morand Métivier
    Pages 1-16
  3. Subverting Emotional Norms

  4. Affective Encounters

  5. Authoring Emotions

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 247-278

About this book


This book analyzes how acts of feeling at a discursive, somatic, and rhetorical level were theorized and practiced in multiple medieval and early-modern sources (literary, medical, theological, and archival). It covers a large chronological and geographical span from eleventh-century France, to fifteenth-century Iberia and England, and ending with seventeenth-century Jesuit meditative literature. Essays in this book explore how particular emotional norms belonging to different socio-cultural communities (courtly, academic, urban elites) were subverted or re-shaped; engage with the study of emotions as sudden, but impactful, bursts of sensory experience and feelings; and analyze how emotions are filtered and negotiated through the prism of literary texts and the socio-political status of their authors.


Emotions Affects Medieval Early modern France Emotional communities Barbara Rosenwein Somatic Bodily Gender Epistolary Medicine

Editors and affiliations

  • Andreea Marculescu
    • 1
  • Charles-Louis Morand Métivier
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Women’s and Gender StudiesUniversity of OklahomaNormanUSA
  2. 2.Department of Romance Languages and LinguisticsUniversity of VermontBurlingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-60668-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-60669-9
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