quick bibliography on the history of emotions

I've spent the last couple of days reading about the history of emotion. Here are some recommended reading:

The 'big three' theorists who seem to have spearheaded the debate about the history of emotions are:

Barbara Rosenwein, a medievalist - key concept of 'emotional communities'

William Reddy, a scholar of the Enlightenment and C18 France - key concepts of emotional 'regimes, refuges, suffering and liberty'

Peter Stearns, a 20thC Americanist - concept of 'emotives'
  • Jealousy: The evolution of an emotion in American history (New York, NY: New York University Press, 1989)
  • American cool: Constructing a twentieth-century emotional style (New York, NY: New York University Press, 1994)

The most useful overview I found is by Susan Matt, 'Current Emotion Research in History: or, Doing History from the Inside Out', in Emotion Review, 3: 1 (2011), 117-124.
I should have read this first rather than wading straight in to the big three.

All three thinkers were interviewed by Jan Plampler in History and Theory, vl 49, 2010, 'The history of emotions: An interview with William Reddy, Barbara Rosenwein, and Peter Stearns', 237–265. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2303.2010.0054.1.x

This review by Rob Boddice of Jan Pampler's new book, The History of Emotions: an Introduction (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2015), in Reviews in History is also very useful.


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