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Emotions in History

Emotional Arenas

Life, Love, and Death in 1870s Italy

Mark Seymour

Emotional Arenas

Emotions in History

Emotional Arenas

Life, Love, and Death in 1870s Italy

Emotions in History: Emotional Arenas

 

Set in recently unified Italy, the narrative of Emotional Arenas is driven by a failed marriage, the wife's scandalous affair with a circus artiste, and the illicit couple's murder of the hapless husband.


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Beschrijving Emotions in History: Emotional Arenas

Based on the records of a murder trial that transfixed all of Italy in the late 1870s, this study makes use of a dramatic court case to develop a new paradigm for the history of emotions - the 'emotional arena'. Set in the decade following Italian unification, the context was one of notable cultural variety. An as-yet unexplored aspect of this was that the experience and expression of emotions were as variable as the regions making up the new nation. Through a close
examination of the spaces in which daily lives, loves, and deaths unfolded - from marital homes to places of socializing and entertainment, to a Roman court room - Mark Seymour explores the way social 'arenas' are crucial to the historical development of emotional cultural rules.

The narrative is driven by the failed marriage of a decorated but allegedly impotent Risorgimento soldier, his wife's scandalous affair with a virile circus artiste (who had a string of previous lovers), and the illicit new couple's murder of the hapless husband. Hundreds of witnesses - from local professionals to servants and even circus clowns - interviewed across the length and breadth of the peninsula, left their personal views on marriage, sexuality, and infidelity. These provide an
extraordinary series of peepholes into little-known areas of the new nation's social fabric. A careful yet imaginative reading of the prosecution records, as well as contemporary newspaper coverage, allows reconstruction of the highly emotional experiences of all those touched by this extraordinary story.
The result is a classic Italian micro-history with relevance for today's emotionally volatile times.


ISBN
9780198743590
Pagina's
256
Verschenen
Serie
Emotions in History
NUR
680
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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