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Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions

Disaster, Death and the Emotions in the Shadow of the Apocalypse, 1400–1700

Editors: Spinks, Jennifer, Zika, Charles (Eds.)

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In late medieval and early modern Europe, textual and visual records of disaster and mass death allow us to encounter the intense emotions generated through the religious, providential and apocalyptic frameworks that provided these events with meaning. This collection brings together historians, art historians, and literary specialists in a cross-disciplinary collection shaped by new developments in the history of emotions. It offers a rich range of analytical frameworks and case studies, from the emotional language of divine providence to individual and communal experiences of disaster. Geographically wide-ranging, the collection also analyses many different sorts of media: from letters and diaries to broadsheets and paintings. Through these and other historical records, the contributors examine how communities and individuals experienced, responded to, recorded and managed the emotional dynamics and trauma created by dramatic events like massacres, floods, fires, earthquakes and plagues.

About the authors

Jennifer Spinks is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Manchester, UK. Her research projects often concern print culture and religious identities in northern Europe, and include the co-curated exhibition project Magic, Witches and Devils in the Early Modern World. Her publications include Monstrous Births and Visual Culture in Sixteenth-Century Germany (2009).

Charles Zika is Professorial Fellow in History at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and Chief Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. His research lies in the intersection of religion, emotion, visual culture and print, and recent publications include The Appearance of Witchcraft: Print and Visual Culture in Sixteenth-Century Europe (2007), and two co-edited catalogues. 

Reviews

“Despite the doom-laden title, this book is an uplifting read focusing as it does on human responses to adversity. It cleverly weaves together the History of the Emotions with environmental history, and its carefully-researched essays, covering a wide range of topics, make fascinating use of a variety of documentary and visual sources.” (Penny Roberts, Professor and Director of the Centre for Arts Doctoral Research Excellence, University of Warwick, UK)

“This collection of outstanding contributions by leading scholars from three continents  ranges widely across the disciplines of European art history, literature, music, cultural history, religion, politics, and society.  Emerging from Melbourne University’s Centre for the History of Emotions, it more than lives up to the expansive promise of its title.” (Larry Silver, Farquhar Professor of Art History, University of Pennsylvania, USA)

“This collection of essays examines the range of early-modern Europeans’ emotional responses to nature’s trials. Drawing upon perspectives from history and the history of art, literature, and religion, the book takes readers on a grand, but lamentable tour of the socio-cultural forces that left traditional Europe exposed to the elements.” (Philip M. Soergel, Professor and Chair of the Department of History, University of Maryland, USA)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Introduction: Rethinking Disaster and Emotions, 1400–1700

    Spinks, Jennifer (et al.)

    Pages 1-17

  • Deciphering Divine Wrath and Displaying Godly Sorrow: Providentialism and Emotion in Early Modern England

    Walsham, Alexandra

    Pages 21-43

  • Disastro, Catastrophe, and Divine Judgment: Words, Concepts and Images for ‘Natural’ Threats to Social Order in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

    Schenk, Gerrit Jasper

    Pages 45-67

  • Disaster, Apocalypse, Emotions and Time in Sixteenth-Century Pamphlets

    Zika, Charles

    Pages 69-90

  • Fear, Indignation, Grief and Relief: Emotional Narratives in War Chronicles from the Netherlands (1568–1648)

    Kuijpers, Erika

    Pages 93-111

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eBook $74.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-44271-0
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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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Hardcover $95.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-44270-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Disaster, Death and the Emotions in the Shadow of the Apocalypse, 1400–1700
Editors
  • Jennifer Spinks
  • Charles Zika
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-44271-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-44271-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-44270-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 364
Number of Illustrations and Tables
18 b/w illustrations, 37 illustrations in colour
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