David Lemmings

David Lemmings is leader of the Change Program and Director of the Adelaide Node of CHE. The Change Program focuses on the analysis of collective emotions and their impact on broader historical change. Studies in this program rest on the understanding that emotional discourses act as drivers of major cultural, social, political and economic changes. David Lemmings is joint editor (with William M. Reddy) of Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions.


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Research projects

Governing Emotion: the Affective Family, the Press and the Law in Early Modern Britain

Emotion in the English Criminal Courts, 1700-1830

Selected Publications

Lemmings, D., C. Walker and K. Barclay, eds. A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Baroque and Enlightenment Age (1600–1780). Volume 4 of A Cultural History of The Emotions. London: Bloomsbury, 2019.

Lemmings, D. 'Henry Fielding and English Crime and Justice Reportage, 1536–42: Narratives of Panic, Authority, and Emotion'. Huntington Library Quarterly 80.1 (2017). pp. 71–97

Lemmings, D. and W. Prest, eds.  Sir William Blackstone Commentaries on the Laws of England. Book I: Of the Rights of People.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Lemmings, D. and A. Brooks (eds), Emotions and Social Change: Historical and Sociological Perspectives. Routledge: Oxford and New York, 2014. ISBN 9780-415-85605-8.

Lemmings, D., ed. Crime, courtrooms and the public sphere in Britain, 1700–1850. Farnham: Ashgate, 2012. ISBN: 978-1-4094-1803-0.

Lemmings, D. ‘Negotiating Justice in the New Public Sphere: Crime. The Courts and the Press in Early Eighteenth-century Britain'.  In Crime, Courtrooms and Public Sphere in Britain, 1700-1850, edited by D. Lemmings), pp. 1–21. Farnham: Ashgate, 2012.

Lemmings, D. Law and government in England during the Long eighteenth century: from consent to command. Basingstoke, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011]. pp. x + 269.