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William M. Reddy


Interviews and conversations


Emotions in History: An Introduction, H-France Webinar, 2014

Interview with CHE Melbourne, posted April 2015: "What the history of emotions means to me"


Interview with Jennifer Martin on University of Melbourne's Up Close: "Inventing Romance: A Tangled History of Love and Desire"

Nicole Eustace, Eugenia Lean, Julie Livingston, Jan Plamper, William M. Reddy, and Barbara H. Rosenwein, “AHR Conversation: The Historical Study of Emotions,” American Historical Review 117, no. 5 (December 2012): 1487–1531

Jan Plamper, "The History of Emotions: An Interview with William Reddy, Barbara Rosenwein, and Peter Stearns," History and Theory 49(2010):237-265

Recent articles and papers

"The Eurasian Origins of Empty Time and Space: Modernity as Temporality Reconsidered," History and Theory 55, No. 3 (October 2016), 325-356

"Courts and Pleasures: The Neuroscience of Pleasure and the Pursuit of Favor in Twelfth-Century Courts," in Pleasure in the Middle Ages, edited by Naama Cohen-Hanegbi and Piroska Nagy (Turnhout: Brepols, 2018), 131-164

"The Paradox of Modernity: Current Debates and Their Implications for the Seventeenth Century," Modern Intellectual History,published online 2  April 2015, at Cambridge Journals Online.

"Émotions et histoire contemporaine: Esquisse d’une chronologie,” in Émotions contemporaines, XIX-XXe siècles, edited by Anne-Claude Ambroise-Rendu, Anne-Emmanuelle Demartini, Hélène Eck, Nicole Edelman (Paris: Armand Colin, 2014), 29-44

“Humanists and the Experimental Study of Emotion,” in Science and Emotions after 1945:  A Transnational Perspective, edited by Frank Biess and Daniel M. Gross, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press: 2014).

With Nicole Eustace, Eugenia Lean, Julie Livingston, Jan Plamper, and Barbara H. Rosenwein, “AHR Conversation: The Historical Study of Emotions,” American Historical Review 117, no.5 (December 2012): 1487–1531.

"The Question of Romantic Love in Early Modern Historical Research," in Amor Docet Musicam: Musik und Liebe in der Frühen Neuzeit, edited by Dietrich Helms and Sabine Meine (Hildesheim: Ohms, 2012), 23-40

"The Rule of Love: The History of Western Romantic Love in Comparative Perspective," in New Dangerous Liaisons: Discourses on Europe and Love in the Twentieth Century, edited by Luisa Passerini, Liliana Ellena, and Alexander C. T. Geppert (New York: Berghahn Books, 2010), 33-57

"Review Essay: Daniel Lord Smail, On Deep History and the Brain," History and Theory 49 (2010):412-425

“Historical Research on the Self and Emotions,” Emotion Review, 1(2009):302-315

"Saying Something New: Practice Theory and Cognitive Neuroscience,” Arcadia: International Journal for Literary Studies 44(2009):8–23

"Emotional Styles and Modern Forms of Life," in Sexualized Brains, edited by Nicole Karafyllis and Gotlind Ulshöfer (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2008), 81-100

I.  Books

The Making of Romantic Love: Longing and Sexuality in Europe, South Asia, and Japan, 900-1200 CE. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012.

The Navigation of Feeling: A Framework for the History of Emotions. Cabridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

The Invisible Code: Honor and Sentiment in Postrevolutionary France, 1815-1848.  Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.

Money and Liberty in Modern Europe: A Critique of Historial Understanding. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1987. 

The Rise of Market Culture: The Textile Trade and French Society, 1750-1900. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1984.

II. Refereed journal articles up to 2008

"The Anti-Empire of General de Boigne: Sentimentalism, Love, and Cultural Difference in the Eighteenth Century," Historical Reflections / Réflexions historiques 34(2008):4-25.

“The Logic of Action: Indeterminacy, Emotion, and Historical Narrative,” History and Theory, 40, No. 4 (December 2001):10-33.

“Sentimentalism and Its Erasure: The Role of Emotions in the Era of the French Revolution,” Journal of Modern History 72 (2000):109-152.

“Emotional Liberty: History and Politics in the Anthropology of Emotions,” Cultural Anthropology 14 (1999):256-288.

“Against Constructionism: The Historical Ethnography of Emotions,” Current Anthropology, 38 (1997):327-351.

“‘Mériter votre bienveillance’:Les employés du ministère de l’Intérieur en France de 1814 à 1848” (“‘To Merit Your Benevolence’: The Employees of the French Ministry of Interior, 1814-1848”), Le mouvement social, No. 170 (January-March, 1995):7-37.

“Condottieri of the Pen: Journalists and the Public Sphere in Post-Revolutionary France, 1815-1850,” American Historical Review, 99 (1994):1546-1570.

“Marriage, Honor, and the Public Sphere in Postrevolutionary France: Séparations de corps, 1815-1848,” Journal of Modern History, 65, No. 3 (September 1993):437-72.

“Postmodernism and the Public Sphere: Implications for an Historical Ethnography,” Cultural Anthropology, 7 (1992): 135-168.

“Modes de paiement et contrôle du travail dans les filatures de coton en France, 1750-1850” (“Modes of Payment and the Control of Work in Cotton Spinning in France, 1750-1850”), Revue du Nord No. 248 (1981):135-46.

“The Batteurs and the Informer’s Eye: A Labour Dispute Under the French Second Empire,” History Workshop Journal (1979):30-44.

“Skeins, Scales, Discounts, Steam, and Other Objects of Crowd Justice in Early French Textile Mills,” Comparative Studies in Society and History 21 (1979):204-213.This article was reprinted in a Dutch anthology entitled ‘Van oproeren en stakingen’: sociale en politicke mobilisering in Europa, 1500-1850, edited by H. A. Diederiks (The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1981), 193-203.

“The Textile Trade and the Language of the Crowd at Rouen, 1752-1871,” Past and Present No. 74 (1977):62-89.

“Family and Factory: French Linen Weavers in the Belle Epoque,”Journal of Social History 8 (1975):102-112.

III. Invited journal articles up to 2008

“Questions Concerning ‘Design is the Development of Cultural Technology,’” contribution to a debate in Iichiko Intercultural, No. 6 (1994):49-52.

Interview in Kikan Iichiko (Iichiko Quarterly), No. 31 (Spring 1994) an interdisciplinary review published in Tokyo.

“Response to Marc W. Steinberg,” Political Power and Social Theory 8 (1993):271-275 [accompanied article by Steinberg, “New Canons or Loose Cannons?: The Post-Marxist Challenge to Neo-Marxism as Represented in the Work of Calhoun and Reddy”].

“The Annales Initiative: A Turning Point for Social History,” Revue, No. 1 (1991): 147-155.

“Naming the Difference:A Comment on Jack Goody’s Cooking, Cuisine, and Class,” Food and Foodways 3 (1989):191-195.

“L’argent et la liberté dans la France d’ancien régime,” Revue du Nord, Hors Série, Collection Histoire, No. 5 (1989):69-75.

“Response to Charles Tilly,” International Labor and Working Class History, No. 27 (1985):30-34.

IV. Articles in Anthologies up to 2002

“Anthropology and the History of Culture,” in The Blackwell Companion to Modern History, edited by Sarah C. Maza and Lloyd Kramer, (Oxford: Blackwell, 2002), pp. 277-296.

“Need and Honor in Balzac’s Père Goriot: Reflections on a Vision of Laissez-Faire Society,” in The Culture of the Market: Historical Essays, edited by Thomas L. Haskell and Richard F. Teichgraeber (Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press. 1993), 325-354.

“Les ouvriers textiles connaissaient-ils la loi?Principes et pratiques autour des coalitions ouvrières (1820-1839),” (“Did Textile Workers Know the Law? Principle and Practice in Worker Coalitions [1820-1839]”) in Naissance des libertés économiques:Le décret d’Allarde et la loi Le Chapelier, edited by Alain Plessis (Paris: Institut d’histoire de l’industrie, 1993), 213-223.

“The Concept of Class,” in Social Orders and Social Classes in Europe Since 1500: Studies in Social Stratification, edited by Michael Bush (Harlow, England: Longman, 1992), 13-25.

“The Structure of a Cultural Crisis: Thinking About Cloth in France Before and After the Revolution,” in The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective, edited by Arjun Appadurai (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1986), 261-284.

“Organizing Knowledge: The Indirect Impact of the Guilds on Technical Progress in France, 1750-1789,” in Fourteenth Consortium on Revolutionary Europe, Proceedings 1984, Harold T. Parker, Louise S. Parker, and William M. Reddy, eds. (Athens, Georgia, 1986), 69-80.

“The Moral Sense of Farce,” in Work in France: Representations, Meaning, Organization, and Practice, edited by Steven L. Kaplan and Cynthia J. Koepp (Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 1986), 364-92.

“L’ouvrier mauvais public: A travers trois chansons d’Alexandre Desrousseaux” (“The Worker Is No Public: Three Songs by Alexandre Desrousseaux”), in Esthétiques du peuple edited by the Révoltes logiques collective(Paris: Editions La Découverte, 1984), 175-184.

“Entschlüsseln von Lohnforderungen: Der Tarif und der Lebenszyklus in den Leinenfabriken von Armentières (1889-1904)” (“Decoding Wage Demands: The Tarif and the Life Cycle in the Linen Mills of Armentières [1889-1904]”), Robert Berdahl, et al., Klassen und Kultur (Frankfurt: Syndikat Verlag, 1982), 77-107.

“The Spinning Jenny in France: Popular Complaints and Elite Misconceptions on the Eve of the Revolution,” in Eleventh Consortium on Revolutionary Europe, Proceedings, Harold T. Parker, Louise S. Parker, John C. White, eds., (Athens, Georgia, 1981), 51-62.