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Key texts

Isobel Armstrong, The Radical Aesthetic (2000) (PDF Document)

Teresa Brennan, The Transmission of Affect (2004) (PDF Document)

Antonio R. Damasio, The feeling of what happens: body and emotion in the making of consciousness (2000) (PDF Document)

James Elkins, Pictures and Tears: a history of people who have cried in front of paintings (2004) (PDF Document)

Melissa Gregg, ed., The Affect Theory Reader (2010)

Daniel M. Gross, The Secret History of Emotion: From Aristotle's Rhetoric to Modern Brain Science (2006)

Susanne K. Langer, Feeling and Form: A Theory of Art Developed from Philosophy in a New Key (1953) (PDF Document)

Emma Mason and Isobel Armstrong, ed., 'Languages of Emotion,' Textual Practice, 22.1 (2008)

Jenefer Robinson, Deeper than Reason: Emotion and its role in Literature, Music and Art (2007)


Jon Cook, ed., Poetry in Theory: an Anthology 1900-2000 (2004)

Barbara Hardy, The Advantage of Lyric: Essays on Feeling in Poetry (1977)

William Harmon, Classic Writings on Poetry (2003)

G. W. Hegel, 'Poetry', Aesthetics: Lectures on Fine Art (1818-1830), trans. T. M. Knox (1973) 

Jerrold Levinson, ed., Suffering art gladly: the paradox of negative emotion in art (2013)

García Lorca, Theory and Play Of The Duende (1933)

Alex Preminger, ed., The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (1993)

Jahan Ramazani, Poetry of mourning: The modern elegy from Hardy to Heaney (1994)

Susan Stewart, Poetry and the Fate of the Senses (2002)

Rhian Williams, The Poetry Toolkit: The Essential Guide to Studying Poetry (2009)


David Best, Feeling and Reason in the Arts (1985)

Judith Butler, Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence (2004)

Nancy Chodorow, The Power of Feelings: Personal Meaning in Psychoanalysis, Gender, and Culture (1999)

Charles Darwin, The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1899) 

Philip Fisher, The Vehement Passions (2002)

Dane R. Gordon, A Feeling Intellect and a Thinking Heart (2002)

Morten Kringelbach and Helen Phillips, Emotion: Pleasure and Pain in the Brain (2014)

Tom Lutz, Crying: A Natural and Cultural History of Tears (1999) (PDF Document)

John D. Morillo, Uneasy Feelings: Literature, the Passions and Class: From Neoclassicism to Romanticism (2001)

Martha Nussbaum, Upheavals of Thought: The Intelligence of Emotions (2001) (PDF Document)

Jan Plamper, The History of the Emotions: An Introduction (2015)

Jean Paul Sartre, Sketch for a theory of the emotions (1971) (PDF Document)

Robert C. Soloman, The Passions: Emotions and the Meaning of Life (1976)

Rei Terada, Feeling in Theory: Emotion after the ‘Death of the Subject’ (2001)

Richard Wollheim, On the Emotions (1999) (PDF Document)

Entries marked with a (PDF Document) or hyperlink on this page take you to extracts of the texts. You are encouraged to read the whole text where the extract proves helpful to your work.

The Australian Research Council published a bibliography of criticism on the history of the emotions in 2015, available in full here.

The bibliography, developed by Ciara Rawnsley, is searchable by period (from Classical Antiquity to the present), discipline, keywords, and tags, and can be organised by author, title or year.