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Comments from reviews:

An "ambitious, brave, and important book" that "should suggest new issues and conceptual tools to historians of every sort" and will be "of signal value to the historical profession." -- Barbara Rosenwein, American Historical Review

"The result is the promise of a much-enriched historical practice ... For that we are all much in his debt." --James Smith Allen, History and Theory

"Reddy opens up a new phase in the interdisciplinary field of emotion studies ... This is a challenging book for scholars in a range of fields from social psychology to comparative historical studies and for those doing work on emotions and social movements." --E. Doyle McCarthy, American Journal of Sociology

"Simply in its nuanced statement of the nineteenth-century system ... this book is immensely valuable." --Peter Stearns, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"The great merit of The Navigation of Feeling is to have brought together insights from so many different disciplines to demonstrate what is at stake in taking emotions seriously, from both a political and a historical point of view. Reddy comunicates his deeply felt concern for individual emotional freedom ... [and] has posed many important new questions ..." --Jeremy Popkin for H-France

"Brilliant and wonderful: this is a book of profound scholarship that will become central to the fast growing interdisciplinary interest in emotions. Reddy bridges psychology, anthropology and history to explore the fascinating idea that emotion is the process that manages the concerns that are most intimate to humankind." Keith Oatley, Psychology, University of Toronto

"This is an unusual work, stimulating and productive....Reddy's intuition that emotions should not be simply differentiated in kind from 'thought' is brilliantly developed....[T]his book deserves a serious reading, and I believe it will become a must-read book in any anthropology of the self and emotion." Fred R. Myers, Anthropology, New York University

"The Navigation of Feeling is a highly original, boldly-argued book....Reddy's lucid theoretical interventions force us to reconsider our understanding of the self and human nature, as well as language and its relation to culture. The Navigation of Feeling represents a daring, new direction in humanistic scholarship that should be of interest to scholars across many fields." Mary Louise Roberts, History, University of Wisconsin

"...a delight to read..." Philosophy in Review

"...a valuable contribution to emotion literature." Canadian Social Studies

"Emotion must become the object of historical analysis in its own right. So William M. Reddy persuades us with this ambitious book ..." Paula Cossart, Revue d'histoire moderne et contemporaine.