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Feeling Things: Objects and Emotions through History

Stephanie Downes, Sally Holloway, and Sarah Randles


This volume investigates the various interactions of people, feelings, and things throughout pre-modern Europe. The subject of materiality has been gaining interest in recent historical inquiry, alongside growing emphasis on the relationships between objects, emotions, and affect in archaeological and sociological research. The historical intersections between materiality and emotions, however, have remained under-theorized, particularly with respect to objects which have continuing resonance over extended periods of time, or across cultural and geographical space. The book addresses this need ... More

Keywords: emotion, object, materiality, history, affect, historical inquiry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198802648
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198802648.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephanie Downes, editor
Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

Sally Holloway, editor
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Richmond University

Sarah Randles, editor
Honorary Research Fellow and Adjunct Researcher, University of Melbourne and University of Tasmania

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Stephanie Downes, Sally Holloway, and Sarah Randles

1 A Feeling for Things, Past and Present

Stephanie Downes, Sally Holloway, and Sarah Randles

Part I Potent Things

2 Matter Matters

Elina Gertsman

3 Signs of Emotion

Sarah Randles

5 Holding the Sole

Hilary Davidson

Part II Binding Things

Part III Moving Things

11 Romancing the Stone

Alicia Marchant

12 Lord Mansfield’s Voices

Carolyn Steedman

Part IV Afterword

13 Moving Objects

Joanne Begiato