Journal article

Facing Up to the History of Emotions

S Downes, S Trigg

Postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies | Palgrave Macmillan (part of Springer Nature) | Published : 2017


This special issue of postmedieval brings together several strands of medieval and medievalist work in the history of emotions, with a special focus on literary, historical and cinema studies. It asks how we may best ‘face up’ to work that has been done already in these fields, and speculates about work that might yet be done, especially by medievalists working across medieval and postmedieval sources. In the idiom, ‘facing up,’ we evoke the impulse to assess and realise the place of medieval studies in the burgeoning field of emotions research. We also conjure our conceptual focus -- the expressive human face -- as a complex and intriguing source for reading emotions in the past. Whether th..

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