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Emotions Lexicon for Nineteenth-Century British Homes

posted on 2020-02-10, 15:44 authored by David Rein JohnsonDavid Rein Johnson

This data archive contains an emotions lexicon created by surveying 55 different guides focussed on domestic economy published between 1814 and 1914. It is not exhaustive, but represents a robust enough sample size to serve as a useful tool for prescriptive emotions of the nineteenth-century British middle-class home. Entries were sorted by those traits that were clearly desirable in a home (e.g. cheer, comfort, happiness) and those that were undesirable and ought to be avoided (e.g. misery, vexation, discomfort). The original intent was to provide a baseline of emotions words that allowed the study of the emotions people recorded about their homes across the nineteenth century, though this material may have other applications, too. Please see the READ ME file for more details.


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