News ID: 112621
Publish Date : 20 February 2023 - 22:20

‎Persian Translation of ‘A Biography of Loneliness’ Reaches Iranian Bookstores

TEHRAN (IBNA) -- A book by English historian of the emotions Fay Bound Alberti titled ‘A Biography ‎of Loneliness: The History of an Emotion’ (2019) which explores an increasingly central ‎social experience has been published in Persian.‎
Described by Terry Eagleton in The Guardian as “a compassionate, wide-ranging study”, this work has been translated into Persian by Akram Rezaei Bayandor. Bidgol Publishing has recently published ‘A Biography of Loneliness’ in 351 pages.
Despite 21st-century fears of an ‘epidemic’ of loneliness, its history has been sorely neglected. ‘A Biography of Loneliness’ offers a radically new interpretation of loneliness as an emotional language and experience.
Using letters and diaries, philosophical tracts, political discussions, and medical literature from the eighteenth century to the present, historian of the emotions Fay Bound Alberti argues that loneliness is not an ahistorical, universal phenomenon. It is, in fact, a modern emotion: before 1800, its language did not exist. And where loneliness is identified, it is not always bad, but a complex emotional state that differs according to class, gender, ethnicity and experience.
Looking at informative case studies such as Sylvia Plath, Queen Victoria, and Virginia Woolf, A Biography of Loneliness charts the emergence of loneliness as a modern and embodied emotional state.
Dr. Fay Bound Alberti is a writer and cultural historian. She co-founded the Centre for the History of Emotion at Queen Mary University of London, where she remains Honorary Senior Research Fellow in History.
Fay has taught at various UK universities, including Manchester, Lancaster, and York,with a focus on the histories of gender, emotion, health, and medicine, and has written extensively in the fields of history, medical history, and women’s history.
Her books include ‘Matters of the Heart: History, Medicine, and Emotion’ (OUP 2010), and ‘This Mortal Coil: The Human Body in History and Culture’ (OUP 2016). She also provides consultancy services in funding and research, based on her senior management roles for the Arcadia Fund and the Wellcome Trust.