Cultural history (m) (2013/2014)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Alessandro Arcangeli
Alessandro Arcangeli
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
I semestrino A, I semestrino B

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

To acquire familiarity with the field of cultural history, a critical competence on its intellectual vocabulary and a first introduction to its worldwide literature; to develop strategies for the interpretation of sources via this mode of enquiry.


Contents: The history of emotions.
1. The four following articles (all):
Serena Ferente, Storici ed emozioni, “Storica” 43-44-45 (2009), pp. 371-392;
Rolf Petri, Sentimenti, emozioni. Potenzialità e limiti della storia culturale, “Memoria e ricerca” 40.2 (2012), pp. 75-92;
William M. Reddy, Historical research on the self and emotions, “Emotions Review” 1 (2009), pp. 302-315;
Barbara H. Rosenwein, Worrying about emotions in history, “American Historical Review” 107 (2002), pp. 821-845.
2. A choice of three among the following books (as larger volumes, Nagy-Boquet and Nussbaum count for two):
Damien Boquet, L’ordre de l’affect au Moyen Age, Caen, CRAHM, 2005;
Thomas Dixon, From passions to emotions, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2003;
Ute Frevert, Emotions in History – Lost and found, Budapest, Central European University Press, 2011;
Piroska Nagy, Le don des larmes au Moyen Age, Paris, Albin Michel, 2000;
Piroska Nagy e Damien Boquet (a cura di), Le sujet des émotions au Moyen Age, Paris, Beauchesne, 2008;
Martha C. Nussbaum, L’intelligenza delle emozioni, Bologna, il Mulino, 2004;
Keith Oatley, Breve storia delle emozioni, Bologna, il Mulino, 2007;
Tiziana Plebani, Un secolo di sentimenti. Amori e conflitti generazionali nella Venezia del Settecento, Venezia, Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti, 2012 (pdf currently downloadable at:;
William M. Reddy, The navigation of feelings, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2001;
Barbara Rosenwein, Emotional communities in the early Middle Ages, Ithaca, Cornell University Press, 2006.
NB: Nussbaum and Oatley are also available in their original English.

Teaching methods: lectures plus seminar-like meetings.

Assessment methods and criteria

Essay on the course bibliography, completed by oral interview.