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

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

by Penelope Gouk, Helen Hills
     
 

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,… See more details below

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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.

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

1Towards histories of emotions15
2Is there a cultural history of the emotions?35
3Emotions into words - or words into emotions?49
4Bodies of self-transcendence : the spirit of affect in Giotto and Piero69
5Architecture and affect : Leon Battista Alberti and edification89
6Spiritual passion and the betrayal of painting in Georges de la Tour109
7Changing emotions? : the decline of original sin on the eve of the Enlightenment123
8The man of passion : emotion, philosophy and sexual difference139
9A woman weeps : Hogarth's Sigismunda (1759) and the aesthetics of excess155
10Remuer l'Ame or Plaire a l'Oreille? : music, emotions and the mind-body problem in French writings of the later eighteenth century173
11Music's pathological and therapeutic effects on the body politic : Doctor John Gregory's views191
12The undulating self : the rhythmic conception of music and the emotions209
13Dangerous liaisons : science, amusement and the civilizing process223

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