Alessandro Arcangeli

Alessandro Arcangeli is Associate Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Verona, Italy. In 2016 he was Distinguished International Research Visiting Fellow at the CHE nodes of Melbourne and Sydney. He is a cultural historian, who between 2013 and 2017 served as Chair of the Committee of the International Society for Cultural History. He has worked on cultural history methodologically and historiographically, both with reference to Italy and in a wider perspective. His area of specialisation is Renaissance and early modern Europe, with particular research interests in dance (also in cultural encounters), leisure, the sixteenth-century conceptualization and classification of affects, as well as dreams. He has also edited or co-edited (or is doing it currently) volumes on cultural history in general as well as on memory, sport, leisure and dance.


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Selected Publications


Arcangeli, A. L'altro che danza. Il villano, il selvaggio, la strega nell'immaginario della prima età moderna [The Dancing Other: The Peasant, the Savage and the Witch in the Early Modern Imagination]. Milan: Unicopli, 2018.

Arcangeli, A. Cultural History: A Concise Introduction. London: Routledge, 2011 (adapted and enlarged English translation of Che cos’è la storia culturale. Rome: Carocci, 2007).

Arcangeli, A. Recreation in the Renaissance: Attitudes towards Leisure and Pastimes in European Culture, 1425-1675. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003 (Italian translation Passatempi rinascimentali, preface by P. Burke. Rome: Carocci, 2004).

Arcangeli, A. Davide o Salomè? Il dibattito europeo sulla danza nella prima età moderna [David or Salome? Debating Dance in Early Modern Europe]. Treviso-Rome: Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche-Viella, 2000.

Edited Collections

Arcangeli, A., ed. A Cultural History of Sport in the Renaissance. London: Bloomsbury, 2021.

Tamm, M. and A. Arcangeli, eds.  A Cultural History of Memory in the Early Modern Age. London: Bloomsbury, 2020.

Arcangeli, A., J. Rogge and H. Salmi, eds. The Routledge Companion to Cultural History in the Western World, 1250-2000. London: Routledge, 2020.

Arcangeli, A. and E. Claire, eds. ‘Performance, Politics, and Play’. Ludica. Annali di storia e civiltà del gioco 25 (2019): 51–168.

Arcangeli, A. and Anu Korhonen, eds. ‘A Time of Their Own. Experiencing Time and Temporality in the Early Modern World’. Journal of Early Modern Studies 6 (2017).

Arcangeli, A., T. Plebani and G. Ricuperati, eds. ‘Emozioni, passioni, sentimenti: per una possibile storia’ [Emotions, passions, feelings: towards a possible history]. Rivista storica italiana CXXVIII.2 (2016): 472723.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters (specifically dedicated to the history of emotions)

Arcangeli, A. ‘Emozioni’ [Emotions]. In Per un lessico della storia culturale, edited by A. M. Banti, V. Fiorino and C. Sorba. Rome-Bari: Laterza, 2022 [forthcoming].

Arcangeli, A. Cardano: sognare gli affetti’ [Cardano: dreaming of affects], Bruniana & Campanelliana xxiv.2 (2018): 421–37.

Arcangeli, A. ‘Anche le emozioni hanno una storia’ [Emotions too have a history]. Prometeo 36.143 (2018): 611.

Arcangeli, A. ‘Storia culturale e storia della vita affettiva’. Rivista storica italiana CXXVIII.2 (2016): 66776.

Arcangeli, A. ‘Sixteenth-Century Classifications of Passions and Their Historical Contexts’. In Making Sense as Cultural Practice – Historical Perspectives (1000-1700), edited by J. Rogge, pp. 18190. Bielefeld: transcript, 2013.

Arcangeli, A. ‘Écrits sur la colère et système des passions au xvie siècle’. L’Atelier du Centre de recherches historiques 11 (2013): ‘La querelle des corps’, edited by G. Calvi and S. Sebastiani. Online

Arcangeli, A. ‘Girolamo Donzellini on Anger: Managing Emotions between Inquisition Trials’. In Late Medieval and Early Modern Religious Dissents: Conflicts and Plurality in Renaissance Europe, edited by F. Barbierato and A. Veronese, pp. 58–77. Pisa: Il Campano-Arnus, 2012.

Arcangeli, A. Gioia e tristezza nella tradizione galenica (circa 1275–1525)’ [Joy and sadness in the Galenic tradition]. In Piacere e dolore. Materiali per una storia delle passioni nel Medioevo, edited by C. Casagrande and S. Vecchio, pp. 17185. Florence: SISMEL-Edizioni del Galluzzo (Micrologus Library), 2009.

Blog Entries

Arcangeli, A. ‘Dance and Feelings in Early Modern European Discourses’. In Histories of Emotion (from Medieval Europe to Contemporary Australia), posted 28 July 2017.

Selected Unpublished Presentations (specifically dedicated to the history of emotions)

Paper: ‘Lessico delle emozioni e ruoli di genere nel lungo Cinquecento’ [Vocabulary of emotions and gender roles in the long sixteenth century]. VII Congresso della Società Italiana delle Storiche: ‘Genere e storia: nuove prospettive di ricerca’, Pisa 2017.

Seminar: ‘Sixteenth-Century Lists of Passions: in Search of a New Paradigm? CHE Sydney 2016.

Paper: ‘Early Puritanism and the vocabulary of affections’. RSA annual meeting, Boston 2016.