Paper $45.00 ISBN: 9781783162642 Published January 2017 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Cloth $155.00 ISBN: 9781783162611 Published September 2015 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

Cultivating the Heart

Feeling and Emotion in Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century Religious Texts

Edited by A. S. Lazikani

Cultivating the Heart

Edited by A. S. Lazikani

Distributed for University of Wales Press

272 pages | 4 color plates | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Paper $45.00 ISBN: 9781783162642 Published January 2017 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Cloth $155.00 ISBN: 9781783162611 Published September 2015 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
In the past few years, interest has grown in the way human emotions have been experienced, stimulated, and expressed in languages throughout history. Cultivating the Heart studies the language of emotions in religious texts in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, focusing on sermons, saints’ lives, guidebooks for religious recluses, meditations, and lyrical poetry. It offers, as well, substantial commentary on church wall paintings, providing readers with a nuanced understanding of the ways in which the affective strategies of visual resources can be mapped onto texts. This is the first book-length study of affective language in the High Middle Ages, a period which has been previously neglected in work on the history of emotions.
Contents
Series Editors’ Preface
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Note on Editions and Translations
Introduction: Feeling in the High Middle Ages
1 Upon a Spiritual Cross: Feeling in the Lambeth and Trinity Homilies
2 The Gnawed Hand: Presence and Absence of Feeling in the Early South
English Legendaries
3 Co-feeling: Compassion in Ancrene Wisse and the Wooing Group
4 Call Me Bitter: Feeling and Sensing in Passion Lyrics
Conclusion
Notes
Select Bibliography
Review Quotes
Elizabeth Robertson, University of Glasgow
“This volume demonstrates how early Middle English religious writings and paintings teach their readers and viewers both to thwart and to embrace affective pain—that is, the interconnected stirrings of love, compassion, and sorrow inspired by the redemptive suffering of Christ and the Saints. Framed authoritatively within the latest critical discussion of the history of emotions and affective literacies, Lazikani’s sensitive readings of these sometimes alienating medieval works recover their emotional intensity and illuminate the function of the extreme suffering they evoke.”
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