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Emotional BodiesThe Historical Performativity of Emotions$
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Dolores Martín-Moruno and Beatriz Pichel

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042898

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042898.001.0001

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The Criminal of Passion

The Criminal of Passion

Its Construction in Italian Legal and Medical Discourses, 1860s–1920s

(p.36) 2. The Criminal of Passion
Emotional Bodies

Gian Marco Vidor

University of Illinois Press

This chapter explores the categorization of the criminal of passion in the second half of the nineteenth century, in Italy. In this period, legal and medical scholars switched the focus of the criminological debate from the crime to the criminal, looking at the criminal of passion as a social and physiological being. The attempts of the Italian Positivist School and its critics to understand and define crime-of-passion perpetrators fostered and furthered the analysis of the physiology and psychology of human emotional phenomena, highlighting the complex link between the soma, the psyche, and emotions.

Keywords:   Crime of Passion, Italian Criminology, Cesare Lombroso, Enrico Ferri, Criminal Sociology, Criminal Anthropology, Phenomenology of passions, Italian Positivist School

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