Comment: Embodied Emotions from a Dutch Historical Perspective

Inger Leemans*

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This comment challenges essentialist "brain biased" interpretations of emotions from a historical perspective. (Digital) humanities research shows that the embodying of emotions is historically contingent. Emotion metaphors do not so much reflect what is happening in our brain or in other parts of the body: they reflect what people think/thought is/was happening in and outside their body.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-280
Number of pages3
JournalEmotion Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016


  • cultural history
  • digital humanities
  • embodied emotions
  • history of emotions
  • humor theory
  • metaphors


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