Visceral Pleasures and Pains

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The chapter deals with the nineteenth-century scientific view of the direct connection between affect and visceral-physiological processes. At the point in the history of science when the visceral basis for emotions attracted sustained attention of the medical community, the borderline between physical and emotional pain practically collapsed. The discourse on the physiology of emotions not only contributed to the expansion of the field of emotions beyond its existing vocabulary but also transformed the concept of the viscera: numerous processes on the visceral level were henceforth reinterpreted in terms of emotions. One of the consequences of this development was the physiologists’ marginalisation of the spoken word, the overt gesture, and other exteriorisations of feeling.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationAt the Interface
Subtitle of host publicationProbing the Boundaries
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
Number of pages21
StatePublished - 2012

Publication series

NameAt the Interface: Probing the Boundaries


  • Viscera
  • emotions
  • gestures
  • history of pain
  • nineteenth-century science
  • physiology
  • pleasure

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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