Childhood and Emotion
Across Cultures 1450-1800
Edited by Claudia Jarzebowski, Thomas Max Safley
To Be Published December 30th 2013 by Routledge – 240 pages
How did children feel in he Middle Ages and early modern times? How did adults feel about the children around them? This collection addresses these fundemental but rarely asked questions about social and family relations in the past two by bringing together two emerging fields within the new cultural history – childhood and emotion – and provides avenues through which to approach their shared histories.
Historians in the 1970s and 1980s argued that there was an absence of affection and emotional bonding in the premodern age. Now, bringing together a wide range of material on varied contexts and using a wide range of sources such as court records, self-narratives and educational manuals, this collection sheds new and different light on the subject. The coverage ranges from medieval to eighteenth-century Europe and North America, and examines Catholic, Protestant, Puritan and Jewish communities. Childhood emerges as a function not of gender or age, but rather of social relations. Emotions, too, appear differently in source-driven studies in that they derive not from modern assumptions but from real, lived experience. The contributors come a step closer to portraying emotions as they were thought to be and to be experienced by the historical subjects.
Childhood and Emoiton will establish new benchmarks not only for the history of these linked subjects but also for the whole history of social relations.
Frontmatter;“Introduction,“Claudia Jarzebowski (Free University of Berlin, Germany)/ Thomas Max Safley (University of Pennsylvania, USA);
Part I, Communities:“Model Children and Pious Desire in early Enlightenment Philanthropy,“Kelly Whitmer The University of the South at Sewanee, USA);
“’For the Pleasure of Babies and the Sorrow of Children’: Children and Emotions in Early Modern Jewish Communities,” Tali Berner (the Program in Research of Child and Youth Culture, Tel Aviv University, Israel);
“Raising Girls: Fear and Dread in Early Modern English Households,“ Stephanie Tarbin (University of Western Australia, Australia);
“Growing up in VOC--‐Batavia: Transcultural Childhood in the World of the Dutch East India Company,“Nicola Borchardt (Germany);
Part II, Narrations:
“Rebel Without a Cause: The Adolescence of Constantijn ("Tien") Huygens in the Dutch Republic and England in the 1690's,“Rudolf Dekker (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands);
“Self--‐Narratives as a Source for the History of Emotions,“Claudia Ulbrich (Free University of Berlin, Germany);
“Emotional Socialization in Early Modern Germany,”Otto Ulbricht (University of Kiel, Germany);
“The Exploration of the Emotional Selves of Children in Puritan Autobiographical Writings,” Paola Baseotto (University of Reading, Great Britain);
Part III, Practices:
“Childhood in a Printing--‐House: Bruno, Basilius, Margarethe, Bonifacio Amerbach and the Challenges of Life in Humanist Basle (1497--‐1508),“Valentina Sebastiani (European University Institute, Italy);
“’Nature had form’d thee fairest of thy Kind’: Grieving Dead Children in England and Sweden c.1650—1810,” Marjo Kaartinen (University of Turku, Finland);
“Children's Diaries as a Source for the History of Emotions,“ Ariane Baggerman (University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands);
“Honour Thy Father and Thy Mother: Ambivalence and Conflict between Parents and Children in Early Modern Sweden,” Jonas Liliequist (Umeå University, Sweden);
“Deserters’ Voices on Childhood and Emotion in 18th century France,“ Naoko Seriu (University of Lille II, France);
“How Children Were Supposed to Feel; How Children Felt: England 1350--‐1550,“Philippa Maddern (University of Western Australia, Australia).
Claudia Jarzebowski is a professor in early modern history at the Free University of Berlin, Germany.
Thomas Max Safley is Professor of Early Modern European History at University of Pennsylvania, USA.