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Affective and Emotional Economies in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

  • Andreea Marculescu
  • Charles-Louis Morand Métivier
  • Builds on Barbara Rosenwein’s influential notion of emotional communities

  • Takes a longue durée approach, transcending national and chronological boundaries that often constrain treatments of the history of emotions

  • Interdisciplinary in approach, investigating a variety of sources: literary, medical, religious and political


Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions book series (PSHE)

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

About the editors

Andreea Marculescu is Lecturer in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oklahoma, USA.

Charles-Louis Morand Métivier is Assistant Professor of French at the University of Vermont, USA.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Affective and Emotional Economies in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
  • Editors Andreea Marculescu
    Charles-Louis Morand Métivier
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-60668-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-86909-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-60669-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 278
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cultural History
    History of Medieval Europe
    History of Early Modern Europe
    Intellectual Studies
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“This volume is a panorama of current scholarship in several subjects that have been impacted by the history of emotions. Its theoretical and disciplinary scope, as well as its geographical and chronological remit, is impressive. This collection will appeal particularly to those interested in the history of emotions, affect and somatic responses, in the late mediaeval and early modern period, especially with respect to the exercise of power and responses to trauma.” (Luc Racaut, Lecturer in History, Newcastle University, UK)