The Making of Romantic Love: Longing and Sexuality in Europe, South Asia, and Japan, 900-1200 CE. University of Chicago Press, 2012..
A magnificent book, and a powerful theoretical challenge .” Walter Andrews, American Historical Review
“Fascinating, original,... intellectually challenging … Anyone interested in the history of love and desire will have to read this book.” Ruth Mazo Karras, English Historical Review
“... fundamental and innovative reading ...” Megan Moore, Speculum


Center for the History of Emotions, Queen Mary University of London& their blog

Center for the History of Emotions, MPI for Human Development, Berlin

Center of Excellence in the History of Emotions, Australian Research Council   ____________


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

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

Audio: 2013 Interview with Jennifer Martin on Up Close, for the University of Melbourne.

New project on the emotions of modernity, four articles out:

"To Fly the Plane: Language Games, Historical Narratives and Emotions," History and Theory, 62 (2023): 1-32, available in Open Access at http://doi.org/10.1111/hith.12289 

SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIALS AT https://wmrbc1c.myportfolio.com/work 

"L'incontournable intentionalité des affects," Sensibilités: Histoire, critique, et sciences sociales, No. 5 (2019)—English version: "The Unavoidable Intentionality of Affects: The History of Emotions and the Neurosciences of the Present Day,” Emotion Review, 12 / 3 (2020), pp. 168–178 https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/emra/12/3

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

 "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.

All publications 

William M. Reddy

William T. Laprade Professor Emeritus of History
and Professor Emeritus of Cultural Anthropology
Duke University
Box 90719
Durham, North Carolina 27708

Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2014



Translations of The Navigation of Feeling are available in Korean from Moonji Publishing Co.; in French, from Les Presses du Réel, Dijon, 2019; and in fall, 2020, a Chinese version was published by Cambridge China.

Recent conferences, papers

"The “Psalm-Singers”: Emotion and Faith in the Calvinist Theology of Music,” paper for Hearing Emotion’s Histories: Interdisciplinary perspectives on Sacred Music and the History of Emotions Yale University, Institute of Sacred Music 26 October 2019

Keynote for Symposium "Subjectivity, Self-Narratives, and the History of Emotions," 17-18 January 2019, University of Sussex

"Gender, Religion, and Debate in France after the Edict of Nantes," Western Society for French History, Conference, Portland, ME, 1 November 2018

"Problems of Change and Periodization in the History of Emotions," History of Emotions Symposium, University of Helsinki, 7 November 2018

Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions, co-edited by David Lemmings, University of Adelaide, Erin Sullivan, University of Birmingham, and William M. Reddy


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. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001. (
Translations of The Navigation of Feeling now in French, from the Presses du Réel, Dijon; in Korean from the Moonji Publishing Co., Ltd., Seoul; in Chinese from Cambridge, China)

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

Money and Liberty in Modern Europe: A Critique of Historical 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.

All publications

Recent conferences, papers delivered:

Beyond Elias: The Light of Reason and the Critique of Zeal in the Seventeenth Century,” Emotions History Conference, George Mason Univeristy, 1-2 June 2018

With Barbara Rosenwein and Daniel Lord Smail, Round Table on the History of Emotions, Vanderbilt History Seminar, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, 19 September 2016

Keynote lecture, "Madurai to Rotterdam: Self and Difference in the Seventeenth Century," International Graduate Historical Studies Conference, Central Michigan University, 8-9 April 2016

"Parler à la cour au douzième siècle: Silences, ironies, et vérité," paper for the Session d'été, Centre d'études supérieures de civilisation médiéval, Université de Poitiers, 18 June 2015

"From Zeal to Sweetness: The Emotional History of the Intellect in the Seventeenth Century," paper given to the Subjects and Feelings seminar, Center for Literary & Comparative Studies, University of Maryland, 25 March 2016.

Panelist, "What Is Love? Romance Fiction in the Digital Age," conference sponsored by the Center for the Book, Library of Congress, 11 February 2015.

"Approaches to Emotion: Experimentation in Neuroscience and Historical Interpretation," AHA Annual Meeting, Session 25, The History of Emotions and the Other Disciplines, Friday, 2 January 2015,1pm - 3pm, Morgan Suite, New York Hilton

"The Paradox of Modernity," paper delivered to the Department of History, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y, on 18 September 2014

Keynote Lecture: "What is Modernity? Recent Debates and Their Implications for the Seventeenth Century," Annual Meeting, Society for the Study of French History, Durham, U.K., 10-12 July 2014

Video of the Durham, U.K., talk is available at:


Keynote Lecture: "Irony and the Rules of the Feud in Twelfth-Century France," Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, 4-5 April 2014

"Reason, Passion, and Trust in the Seventeenth Century: Origins of an Enlightened Emotional Style," paper for the Center for the Humanities, Washington University in St. Louis, 6 March 2014

H-France Webinar: "Emotions in History, An Introduction," William M. Reddy, with Barbara Rosenwein, Loyola University of Chicago; Thomas Dodman, Boston College; Piroska Nagy, Université du Québec à Montréal; Webinar Moderator and Organizer: Darrin McMahon, Florida State University, held 4 November 2013

Keynote Lecture: "Is Pleasure an Emotion? Historicism and Anachronism in the History of Emotions," International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, 1-4 July 2013

"Reason and Emotion: Their Mutual Transformation in the Seventeenth Century," Colloque International Ve Rencontre EMMA: Histoire intellectuelle des Émotions de l'Antiquité à nos jours, 23-25 May 2013, Paris

"The Self as a Domain of Effort: The Convergence of Ethnographic, Historical, and Neuroscience Evidence," paper delivered to the ARC Center for the History of Emotions, Methods Collaboratory, University of Melbourne, 15-16 March, 2013.

"Do Emotions Have a History? The Example of Romantic Love," public lecture for the ARC Center for the History of Emotions, University of Melbourne, 14 March 2013.

A full video of the Melbourne talk is available at https://www.youtube.com/user/ArtsMelb?feature=watch.

It was also broadcast on Radio National's Big Ideas; see http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bigideas/romantic-love-and-the-history-of-emotions/4661102

"Cacher ses émotions: Ancien régime, Révolution, 19e siècle," paper delivered to the Séminaire ERCOMES-CIM 2012-2013, Université de Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris-3, 16 January, 2013

Plenary lecture: "Striving to Feel: The Centrality of Effort in the History of Emotions," for the conference "Emotions, Health and Wellbeing," London, 10-12 September 2012, co-sponsored by the Center for the History of Emotions, QMUL, and The British Society for the Social History of Medicine (& held in conjunction with the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health)

Keynote talk: "Emotion et histoire contemporaine: Esquisse d'une chronologie," Colloque international - L’EMOTION: DE L’ESPACE PRIVE A L’ESPACE PUBLIC XIXe-XXIe SIECLES, Paris, 11-13 avril 2012. Cosponsors: - CHCSC (Université de Versailles-St-Quentin en Yvelines), HAR (Université de Paris-Ouest-Nanterre-La Défense) CARISM/Institut Français de Presse (Université Panthéon-Assas) Laboratoire Identités-Cultures-Territoires (Université Paris Diderot-Paris7) CRHEC (Université Paris-Est Créteil Val de Marne).

Keynote talk "Beyond 'Emotion': What Varies and What Is the Same in the Responses of the Self," for the second CHEP conference, "Emotions East and West," Istanbul, September 29- October 1, 2011, co-sponsored by Cultural History of Emotions in Premodernity (CHEP), Sabanci University, and Bilkent

Keynote talk: "Are Emotions Like Language?" for the conference "Learning to Feel: Emotions Beyond Nature versus Nurture,"Jerusalem, April 10-14, 2011, co-sponsored by The Center for the History of Emotions, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, and The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, in cooperation with The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv University.

Keynote talk: "Humanists and the Neurosciences," for the conference "Science and the Emotions: Transnational Emotional Cultures in the United States and Western Europe after 1945," San Diego, February 24-26, 2011, sponsored by IICAS, UC San Diego.