Suggested Reading on Objects & Emotions

A useful reading list on objects and emotions. Do add any further suggestions.

Emotional Objects: Touching Emotions in History

At the Emotional Objects conference, delegates repeatedly noted the difficulty of finding ‘textbook’ sources on the material culture of emotions. In response we have started a reading list to bring together some of the most relevant sources. Particularly pertinent texts are in Bold.

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Which texts have you found essential reading?


Ahmed, Sara, Promise of Happiness (2007).

Bennett, Jane, Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things (Durham, NC; Duke University Press, 2011).
Bennett, Jane, The Enchantment of Modern Life: Attachments, Crossings and Ethics (Princeton; Princeton University Press, 2001).

Bound Alberti, Fay, Matters of the Heart: History, Medicine and Emotion (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).

Broomhall, Susan (ed.) Spaces for Feeling: Emotions and Sociabilities in Britain, 1650-1850 (Routledge; 2015).

Clark, Gillian and Bright, Janette, Fate, Hope & Charity (London; The Foundling Museum, 2013).

Daston, Lorraine (ed.), Things that Talk: Object Lessons from Art and Science (2007).

Droit, Roger-Pol,

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