The Routledge History of Loneliness takes a multidisciplinary approach to the history of a modern emotion, exploring its form and development across cultures from the seventeenth century to the present.

Bringing together thirty scholars from various disciplines, including history, anthropology, philosophy, literature and art history, the volume considers how loneliness was represented in art and literature, conceptualised by philosophers and writers and described by people in their personal narratives. It considers loneliness as a feeling so often defined in contrast to sociability and affective connections, particularly attending to loneliness in relation to the family, household and community. Acknowledging that loneliness is a relatively novel term in English, the book explores its precedents in ideas about solitude, melancholy and nostalgia, as well as how it might be considered in cross-cultural perspectives.

With wide appeal to students and researchers in a variety of subjects, including the history of emotions, social sciences and literature, this volume brings a critical historical perspective to an emotion with contemporary significance.

Chapter [#] of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at https://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons (CC-BY) 4.0 license.

chapter |14 pages

A History of Loneliness

An Introduction
ByKatie Barclay, Elaine Chalus, Deborah Simonton

part 1|160 pages

Representing Loneliness

chapter 2|13 pages

Polite Loneliness

The Problem Sociability of Spinsters in the Long Eighteenth Century
ByAlison Duncan

chapter 3|13 pages

Gender and Loneliness in Business*

A Milliner and Her Agent in Eighteenth-Century Southern Europe
ByAnne Montenach

chapter 4|14 pages

‘My Solitary and Retired Life’

Queen Charlotte's Solitude(s)
ByMascha Hansen

chapter 5|13 pages

‘I Feel as if Part of [My] Self was Torn from me’

Entrepreneurship, Absence and Loneliness in Nineteenth-Century England
ByAndrew Popp

chapter 6|14 pages

David Hume and the Disease of the Learned

Melancholy, Loneliness and Philosophy
ByCharlie Huenemann

chapter 7|16 pages

Falling In and Out of Place

The Errant Status of Solitude in Early Modern Europe
ByGiovanni Tarantino

chapter 8|13 pages

‘Here in My Loneliness, I Suffer’

Illness, Isolation and Loneliness in the Diaries of Kirsti Teräsvuori (1899–1988)
ByKaroliina Sjö

chapter 9|18 pages

Time, Space and Loneliness in Bengali and Marathi Poetry

ByAnanya Chakravarti

chapter 10|13 pages

In Solitary Pursuit

Loneliness and the Quest for Love in Modern Britain
ByZoe Strimpel

chapter 11|13 pages

Loneliness as Crisis in Britain after 1950

Temporality, Modernity and the Historical Gaze
ByFred Cooper
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part 2|149 pages

Household and Communities

chapter 12|16 pages

Loneliness and Food in Early Modern England

ByLisa Wynne Smith

chapter 13|14 pages

‘Disengagement from all Creatures’

Exploring Loneliness in Early Modern English Cloisters
ByClaire Walker

chapter 14|18 pages

Ageing and Loneliness in England, 1500–1800*

ByHelen Berry, Elizabeth Foyster

chapter 15|13 pages

Loneliness, Love and the Longing for Health

Mary Graham's Consumption
ByCarolyn A. Day

chapter 17|14 pages

Solitude in Early Nineteenth-Century German-Speaking Europe

ByHeidi Hakkarainen

chapter 18|13 pages

‘As an only Child I Must Have Been Lonely though I was not Aware of it at the Time’

Only Children's Reflections on the Experience of Loneliness in Britain, 1850–1950
ByAlice Violett

chapter 19|15 pages

Lonely in a Crowd

The Transformative Effect of School Culture in Schoolgirl and College Fiction
ByNancy G. Rosoff, Stephanie Spencer

chapter 20|16 pages

‘A Purer form of Loneliness’

Loneliness and the Search for Community Among Gay and Bisexual Men in Scotland, 1940–1980
ByJeff Meek

chapter 21|13 pages

Loneliness as Social Critique

Disregard and the Limits of Care in Twenty-First-Century Japan
ByIza Kavedžija

part 3|159 pages

Distance, Place and Displacement

chapter 22|16 pages

Loneliness and Sociability in Maritime and Colonial Space

A Comparative Intersectional Analysis of the Journals of Lt Ralph Clark and Dr Joseph Arnold
ByRosalind Carr

chapter 23|16 pages

The Loneliness of Leadership

Royal Naval Officers in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars
ByElaine Chalus

chapter 24|15 pages

‘Small Uneasinesses and Petty Fears’

Life Cycle, Masculinity and Loneliness 1
ByJoanne Begiato

chapter 26|17 pages

Navigating ‘Loneliness’ in the Reformed Lunatic Asylum

Britain, 1800–1860
ByMark Neuendorf

chapter 27|14 pages

‘There Is a Trace of You in the Air of That Room’*

Practices of Coping With Separation From Friends in Late-19th-Century Finland
ByMarjo Kaartinen, Miira Vuoksenranta

chapter 28|16 pages

‘One of My Own Kind’

Jessie Currie's Experience of Loneliness in British Central Africa, 1891–1894
ByJulia M. Wells

chapter 30|19 pages

Voices From Lost Homelands*

Loss, Longing and Loneliness
ByDeborah Simonton

chapter 31|13 pages

‘We Are Still Alive’

Refugees and Loneliness
ByJoy Damousi