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Emotional Lexicons: Continuity and Change in the Vocabulary of Feeling 1700-2000

Ute Frevert, Christian Bailey, Pascal Eitler, Benno Gammerl, Bettina Hitzer, Margrit Pernau, Monique Scheer, Anne Schmidt, and Nina Verheyen


This book presents a cultural history of how emotions were defined and discussed in encyclopedias in German, French, and English since the late seventeenth century. As the book demonstrates, encyclopedias were not simply neutral transmitters of knowledge but served as moral arbiters to their readers, providing guidelines for the appropriate regulation and expression of emotions. These publications also participated in fundamental discussions on human nature, providing answers as to whether emotions are located in the mind or in the body, whether we can read each other’s emotions, whether men a ... More

Keywords: emotions, culture, civilisation, gender differences, encyclopaedias, human nature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199655731
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655731.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ute Frevert, author
Director, Max Planck Institute for Human Development

Christian Bailey, author
The Open University and Balliol College, Oxford

Pascal Eitler, author
Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin