Monographs and Editions 2021

The book 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.

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Following Antonietta and Loris's first kiss in the shadows of the Italian Alps barely a year after the end of the Second World War, the couple was divided by a distance far greater than could ever have been imagined. With Antonietta's family moving to Montreal, migration entered the couple's intimate worlds, stretching the distance between them from the two hundred kilometres separating Ampezzo and Venice to the ocean between Montreal and Venice. Throughout their transatlantic separation, the young lovers fervidly wrote each other until they were reunited in Canada in 1949.

Love and its attendant emotions not only spur migration—they forge our response to the people who leave their homes in search of new lives. Emotional Landscapes looks at the power of love, and the words we use to express it, to explore the immigration experience. The authors focus on intimate emotional language and how languages of love shape the ways human beings migrate but also create meaning for migrants, their families, and their societies. Looking at sources ranging from letters of Portuguese immigrants in the 1880s to tweets passed among immigrant families in today's Italy, the essays explore the sentimental, sexual, and political meanings of love. The authors also look at how immigrants and those around them use love to justify separation and loss, and how love influences us to privilege certain immigrants—wives, children, lovers, refugees—over others.

Affecting and perceptive, Emotional Landscapes moves from war and transnational families to gender and citizenship to explore the crossroads of migration and the history of emotion.


Sex education films attempted to shape people's attitudes and behavior throughout the 20th century. They circulated around Europe, traveled to the United States, and back. Their visual and epistemological frame of reference were the fields of medicine, education, and psychology, something that was reflected in audience research as well. Emotions were constantly evoked in the name of bodily health, but the emotional culture around them changed. In World War I, knowledge about syphilis was supposed to induce fear and thus discourage soldiers from unprotected sexual contact. In Weimar cinema, the population was mobilized against "false shame." At the battlefield cinemas under National Socialism, fear was replaced by feelings of unconditional trust. During the occupation, films demanded understanding, especially for the younger generation. This then had to be nurtured through "positive emotions" into a "socialist personality" in the GDR, or into self-management in West Germany. The fight against AIDS fueled the merging of emotions and forms of knowledge transmission. The history of sex education films therefore tells us not only about how a global media culture took shape, but also how it was controlled. Anja Laukötter's habilitation was awarded the Otto-Hintze-Prize by the Claudia-and-Michael-Borgolte-Foundation and has now been published as a book.
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