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Palgrave Macmillan

Pain and Emotion in Modern History

ISBN 9781137372420
Publication Date July 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions

Pain and Emotion in Modern History is a rich exploration of the affective expression of pain, the emotional experience of pain, and the experience of others' pain as pain. Drawing on the expertise of historical, literary and philosophical scholarship, practising physicians, the medical humanities, and conceptual artists, this is a true interdisciplinary collaboration, styled as a history. It explores pain at the intersection of the living, suffering body, and the discursive cultural webs that entangle it in its specific moment. This volume goes beyond the typical spaces and parameters of pain, from the operating theatre to the waiting room; from the moment of birth to its anticipation and aftermath; from the body in pain to the body in a culture of pain. Most importantly, it moves from the narrowly physical to the broadly emotional, enabling the enrichment of the medical history of pain, as well as setting a new agenda for medical history.

Rob Boddice is Assistant Professor of History at Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany. He has published books on the history of animal cruelty and anthropocentrism, and is currently working on a short biography of Edward Jenner.

1. Introduction: Hurt Feelings?; Rob Boddice
2. Exquisite and Lingering Pains: Facing Cancer in Early Modern Europe; Javier Moscoso
3. The Perception of Pain in Late‐Imperial China; Paolo Santangelo
4. Psychological Pain: Metaphor or Reality?; David Biro
5. Phantom Suffering: Amputees, Stump Pain, and Phantom Sensations from the Eighteenth Century to the Present; Joanna Bourke
6. The Emergence of Chronic Pain: Phantom Limbs, Subjective Experience and Pain Management in Post-war West Germany; Wilfried Witte
7. A Quantity of Suffering: Measuring Pain as Emotion in the Mid-twentieth century United States; Noemi Tousignant
8. Killing Pain: Aspirin, Emotion and Subjectivity; Sheena Culley
9. Body, Mind and Madness: Pain in Animals in Nineteenth-Century Comparative Psychology; Liz Gray
10. Down in the Mouth: Faces of Pain; Danny Rees
11. 'When I think of what is before me, I feel afraid': Narratives of Fear, Pain, and Childbirth in Late-Victorian Canada; Whitney Wood
12. 'The agony of despair': Pain and the Cultural Script of Infanticide in England and Wales, 1860-1960; Daniel Grey
13. Imagining Another's Pain: Privilege and Limitation in Parent and Child Relations; Linda Raphael
14. Observing Pain, Pain in Observing: Collateral Emotions in International Justice; James Burnham Sedgwick
15. Documenting Bodies: Pain Surfaces; Johanna Willenfelt

David Biro, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, USA
Joanna Bourke, Birkbeck College, UK
James Burnham Sedgwick, Acadia University, Canada
Sheena Culley, Kingston University, UK
Liz Gray, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Daniel Grey, Plymouth University, UK
Javier Moscoso, Spanish National Research Council
Linda Raphael, George Washington University, USA
Danny Rees, Wellcome Library, UK
Paolo Santangelo, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Noemi Tousignant, University of Cambridge, UK
Johanna Willenfelt, University of Cumbria, UK
Wilfried Witte, Charité – University Clinic of Berlin, Germany
Whitney Wood, Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada


"In Pain and Emotion in Modern History, Rob Boddice and his collaborators offer an illuminating and provocative study of the physical, psychological and emotional aspects of pain that historically structured medical interventions into physical distress andshaped individual experiences." - The British Journal for the History of Science
"...an indispensable contribution to the increasing scholarship on the history of pain." - Social History of Medicine
"I would recommend anyone interested in the intersect between pain and emotion to go out and buy, beg or borrow a copy. Pain and Emotion in Modern History is an impressively researched must-read, presenting pain as a multifaceted, evolving, social, historical, physiological and psychological event to which we do not have, and may never have the answer." - Medical Humanities
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