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Emotional Arenas: Life, Love, and Death in 1870s Italy

Mark Seymour


Based on the records of a murder trial that transfixed the nation, this book is a social history of 1870s Italy that develops a new paradigm for the history of emotions - the ‘emotional arena’. The decade following Italian unification formed a context of notable cultural variety and fluidity, and the experience and expression of emotions could be as variable as the regions making up the new nation. Through a close examination of a range of specific spaces in which lives, loves, and deaths unfolded – such as marital homes, places of socializing and entertainment, funerals, and a Roman courtroom ... More

Keywords: Italy, Risorgimento, Rome, emotions, micro-history, circus, courtroom, Fadda, emotional regimes, emotional communities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198743590
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198743590.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Seymour, author
Associate Professor of History, University of Otago

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