Representing Emotions: New Connections in the Histories of Art, Music and Medicine

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Juxtaposing artistic and musical representations of the emotions with medical, philosophical and scientific texts in Western culture between the Renaissance and the twentieth century, the essays collected in this volume explore the ways in which emotions have been variously conceived, configured, represented and harnessed in relation to broader discourses of control, excess and refinement. Since the essays explore the interstices between disciplines (for example, music and medicine, history of art and philosophy) and thereby disrupt established frameworks within the histories of art, music and medicine, traditional narrative accounts are challenged. Here larger historical forces come into perspective, as these papers suggest how both artistic and scientific representations of the emotions have been put to use in political, social and religious struggles, at a variety of different levels.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754630586
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Towards histories of emotions 15
2 Is there a cultural history of the emotions? 35
3 Emotions into words - or words into emotions? 49
4 Bodies of self-transcendence : the spirit of affect in Giotto and Piero 69
5 Architecture and affect : Leon Battista Alberti and edification 89
6 Spiritual passion and the betrayal of painting in Georges de la Tour 109
7 Changing emotions? : the decline of original sin on the eve of the Enlightenment 123
8 The man of passion : emotion, philosophy and sexual difference 139
9 A woman weeps : Hogarth's Sigismunda (1759) and the aesthetics of excess 155
10 Remuer l'Ame or Plaire a l'Oreille? : music, emotions and the mind-body problem in French writings of the later eighteenth century 173
11 Music's pathological and therapeutic effects on the body politic : Doctor John Gregory's views 191
12 The undulating self : the rhythmic conception of music and the emotions 209
13 Dangerous liaisons : science, amusement and the civilizing process 223
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