Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Research Fellow explores emotional history of Georgian England

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Emotional History of Georgian Britain

Dr Sally Holloway, the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow in History and History of Art at Oxford Brookes, has been developing her research into the history of emotions in Georgian England.

Dr Holloway gained her PhD from Royal Holloway, and then worked at Historic Royal Palaces. The research she conducted there was used in  The Glorious Georges exhibitions at Kensington Palace and Hampton Court, to mark the tercentenary of the Hanoverian succession. This research formed the basis of a recent article on the early Georgian court as an emotional space, and was co-authored with Chief Curator Dr Lucy Worsley. 

‘Everybody took notice of the scene of the drawing room’: Performing Emotions at the Early Georgian Court, 1714-60’,  features in the latest issue of the Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies. In the article, Holloway argues that the performance and concealment of particular emotions in the State Apartments was a key component of dynastic and political stability. 

Dr Holloway is also turning her research on romantic love into a book, titled Romantic Love in Georgian England: Courtship, Emotions and Material Culture c. 1714–1830. It will be published with the Oxford University Press series ‘Emotions in History’ in 2018.

More information can be found on Dr Holloway’s staff page.