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Osiris, Volume 31

History of Science and the Emotions

What new insights become available for historians when emotions are included as an analytical category? This volume of Osiris explores the historical interrelationships between science and its cultures and cultures of emotions. It argues that a dialogue between the history of emotions and the history of science leads to a rethinking of our categories of analysis, our subjects, and our periodizations. The ten case studies in the volume explore these possibilities and interrelationships across North America and Europe, between the twelfth and the twentieth centuries, in a variety of scientific disciplines. They analyze how scientific communities approached and explained the functions of emotions; how the concomitant positioning of emotions in or between body-mind-intersubjectivity took place; how emotions infused practices and how practices generated emotions; and, ultimately, how new and emerging identities of and criteria for emotions created new knowledge, new technologies, and new subjectivities.

318 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2016


History of Science

Table of Contents

An Introduction to History of Science and the Emotions
Otniel E. Dror, Bettina Hitzer, Anja Laukötter, and Pilar León-Sanz
Medieval Sciences of Emotions during the Eleventh to Thirteenth Centuries: An Intellectual History
Damien Boquet and Piroska Nagy
A Moving Soul: Emotions in Late Medieval Medicine
Naama Cohen-Hanegbi
The Feeling Body and Its Diseases: How Cancer Went Psychosomatic in Twentieth-Century Germany
Bettina Hitzer and Pilar León-Sanz
Mother Love and Mental Illness: An Emotional History
Anne Harrington
Affected Doctors: Dead Bodies and Affective and Professional Cultures in Early Modern European Anatomy
Rafael Mandressi
Pain as Practice in Paolo Mantegazza’s Science of Emotions
Dolores Martín Moruno
Tempering Madness: Emil Kraepelin’s Research on Affective Disorders
Eric J. Engstrom
How Films Entered the Classroom: The Sciences and the Emotional Education of Youth through Health Education Films in the United States and Germany, 1910–30
Anja Laukötter
The Intimate Geographies of Panic Disorder: Parsing Anxiety through Psychopharmacological Dissection
Felicity Callard
Cold War “Super-Pleasure”: Insatiability, Self-Stimulation, and the Postwar Brain
Otniel E. Dror
Notes on Contributors

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