The Sentimental Machine

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My new piece on the guillotine in Cosmologics Magazine: “The idea of an unerring, public execution machine embodied both a belief in the redemptive power of sentiment and an anxiety about the perils of unsettling human emotion.” The full-length journal article is available in History of the Human Sciences.