Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Representations of Emotions


JS GS Emotions

Discourses of emotions are particularly valuable for cultural and anthropological investigations because they are located in the space between body and mind, physical reaction and mental effort, the “real” and the “imaginary.” Emotions can only be accessed through their representations and these representations are always culturally conditioned, i.e. they provide evidence for the strategies which cultures develop to negotiate that space. The complex character of these representations invites the widest possible multi-disciplinary approach, for which the volume on Representations of Emotions has sought to provide a platform, combining literary and cultural studies, sociology, philosophy, history, ethnology and linguistics. 
Jürgen Schlaeger und Gesa Stedman (eds.). Representations of Emotions. Literatur und Anthropologie. 1999. Tübingen: Gunter Narr.