The University of Illinois Press introduces a new series that explores the vital field of the history of emotions – a field that offers innovative and often startling perspectives on the past. The series is edited by Peter Stearns and Susan Matt; the first volume will appear in December 2013.
Discarding outdated notions of people in past societies as purely rational actors, scholars in the series will examine how history felt to those who lived it and how private feelings have shaped public realities. They will present cutting edge research on the way emotions, and the social rules that govern them, have shaped domestic relationships, gender roles, and work dynamics. The series will publish books that explore the diverse ways individuals have experienced and expressed particular emotions as well as scholarship that examines the connections between emotions and political, religious, economic, and family life. It seeks studies of emotional experience, emotional norms, emotional communities, and the connections between the emotions and other aspects of social and personal behavior. The History of Emotions series encourages contributions from, and concerning, all major regions of the world, and a wide variety of time periods.
Submissions should take the form of a 3 – 5 page proposal outlining the intent of the project; its scope; its relation to other work on the topic; and the audience it will interest. Please also include 2 – 3 sample chapters, if available, and a current C.V. Send them to
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