Crying: The Natural and Cultural History of Tears

Front Cover
W. W. Norton & Company, Jan 1, 2001 - Psychology - 352 pages
6 Reviews
In this wide-ranging and provocative study, Tom Lutz looks at the ways people have understood weeping from the earliest known representations of tears in the fourteenth century B.C. to the tears found in today’s films. Drawing on works of literature, philosophy, art, and science from the writings of Plato and Darwin to the paintings of Picasso to modern medical journals, he unearths the multiple meanings and uses of tears.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
1
4 stars
1
3 stars
1
2 stars
3
1 star
0

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - RajivC - LibraryThing

I picked up this book from the library, and approached it with a lot of hope. However, while I enjoyed the many examples of tears that have littered the books of history, there was not too much about ... Read full review

Review: Crying: A Natural and Cultural History of Tears

User Review  - Rajiv Chopra - Goodreads

I picked up this book from the library, and approached it with a lot of hope. However, while I enjoyed the many examples of tears that have littered the books of history, there was not too much about ... Read full review

Contents

List of Illustrations
13
Why Tears?
17
Tears of Pleasure Tears of Grace and the Weeping Hero
31
The Crying Body
67
The Psychology of Tears
115
Men and Women Infants and Children
151
Cultures of Mourning
193
Tears of Revenge Seduction Escape and Empathy
225
Fictional Tears
251
The End of Tears
287
References
305
Index
339
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2001)

Tom Lutz lives in Los Angeles and Iowa City, where he teaches at the University of Iowa. He is the author of American Nervousness, 1903: A History of Nervous Illness at the Turn of the Century.

Bibliographic information