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Learning How To Feel (2014)

Learning How to Feel (Ute Frevert et al.) | Buchcover

Frevert, U., Eitler, P., Olsen, S., Jensen, U., Pernau, M., Brückenhaus, D., Beljan, M., Gammerl, B., Laukötter, A., Hitzer, B., Plamper, J., Brauer, J.,  &  Häberlen, J. C. (2014). Learning How to Feel: Children's Literature and Emotional Socialization, 1870-1970. Oxford University Press.
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Learning How to Feel explores the ways in which children and adolescents learn not just how to express emotions that are thought to be pre-existing, but actually how to feel. The volume assumes that the embryonic ability to feel unfolds through a complex dialogue with the social and cultural environment and specifically through reading material. The fundamental formation takes place in childhood and youth. The multi-authored historical monograph uses children's literature and advice manuals to access the training practices and learning processes for a wide range of emotions in the modern age.The volume innovatively draws a framework for broad historical change during the course of the period. Emotional interaction between adult and child gave way to a focus on emotional interactions among children, while gender categories became less distinct. Children were increasingly taught to take responsibility for their own emotional development, to find 'authenticity' for themselves.