Theorising Emotions
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Schuler, Barbara: Theorising Emotions: An Enquiry into the Emotion Knowledge of Premodern Tamil Treatises , Heidelberg: Heidelberg Asian Studies Publishing, 2022.

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Published 25.05.2022.


Barbara Schuler

Theorising Emotions

An Enquiry into the Emotion Knowledge of Premodern Tamil Treatises

It is impossible to imagine human history without emotions. But what is known about theoretical emotion knowledge in premodern South India? This volume offers a first systematic examination of emotion knowledge as found in Tamil treatises and commentaries written from the 11th to 17th century. By following different theoretical strands, it sheds light on the questions that were raised by various emotion theorists, as well as their agenda and theorising practices. It points out changes, linearity, and disruptions in their ideas, as well as historically marginal knowledge. Perhaps surprisingly, the only systematic works on emotion produced by medieval and early modern Tamil thinkers were on emotion in poetics.

Barbara Schuler, Dr. phil, Universität Hamburg, is an Indologist, with a focus on Tamil. Her current research focuses on the history of emotions in premodern Tamil-speaking contexts. She worked as Principal Investigator of a DFG-funded project in the field of the History of Emotions and is the author of "Introduction: Historicizing Asian Community-Based Emotion Practices" and "Food and Emotion: Can Emotions Be Worked On and Altered in Material Ways?—A Short Research Note on South India" (in Historicizing Emotions: Practices and Objects in India, China, and Japan, ed. Barbara Schuler, Leiden: Brill, 2017).

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