AccueilModernist Emotions

Modernist Emotions

Deuxième colloque international de la Société d'études modernistes

The second international conference of the French Society for Modernist Studies

*  *  *

Publié le mercredi 02 septembre 2015 par Elsa Zotian

Résumé

In continuation of the society’s inaugural conference on Modernist communities, we now propose to explore the debate over emotions in the Modernist era. We hope to foster reflection and discussion that will go beyond the paradox of a passionately anti-emotional Modernism towards a reconsideration of the large extent to which Modernism attempts to channel, remotivate, and revalue the power of emotion.

Annonce

Argument

In continuation of the society’s inaugural conference on Modernist communities, we now propose to explore the debate over emotions in the Modernist era. Despite famous claims of impersonality and the suppression of the “I” from the literary work, beginning with Ezra Pound’s merciless editing of T.S. Eliot’s Waste Land, the transparency and objectivity of an emotion-free subject has remained an ever-receding horizon. Even Ezra Pound’s image is “an intellectual and emotional complex in an instant of time,” which combines the rush of “primary” conception and emotion with the impulse to create the new forms of a new aesthetics (Blast 1914). Rationality and the irrational collide in the vortex, as emotions are in fact viewed in an ambivalent manner by Modernists, both as the sentimentalist rubbish assigned to a schematic revision of late Romanticism, thus to be eradicated, and as the very matter for the work of art, for aesthetic experimentation, and for the education of the public, in the context of an unnerving historical modernity.
Emotions create webs of interaction, or conversely isolate the individual in the labyrinth of intimacy. Language emerges as the mode of expression of emotions, or as the very obstacle separating us from a fantasized experience of pure emotion. We hope to foster reflection and discussion that will go beyond the paradox of a passionately anti-emotional Modernism towards a reconsideration of the large extent to which Modernism attempts to channel, remotivate, and revalue the power of emotion.
As the conference is organized by the French Society of Modernist Studies—Société d’Etudes Modernistes—, we seek to bring together scholars from all countries and hope to strengthen collaborations between French and international researchers.

Possible paper topics may include, but are not limited to:
  • Emotions across literary genres
  • Emotions across the arts and the new media (music, dance, film, radio, etc.)
  • Locating emotions: the spaces and places of emotions
  • Historicizing emotions: the war and the post-war, historical shocks, new emotions
  • The temporalities of emotion
  • Emotions and the body
  • Emotional disorders and apathy
  • Emotions and the sciences
  • Emotions across nations and cultures
  • Emotions, high culture, and mass culture
  • Emotions and gender
  • Emotions, movement, and transportation
  • The ethics of emotions
  • Political emotions
  • Modernism and the theories of affect

Submission guidelines

Papers will be delivered in English.
 
Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words and a short bio-bibliography to all three organisers

by 15 November 2015.

Confernce : 22-24 June 2016 University Paris Ouest Nanterre, France

Keynote speakers

  • Laura MARCUS (New College, Oxford)
  • Jean-Michel RABATÉ (University of Pennsylvania)

Organizers

 

Scientific committee

  • Hélène Aji (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre),
  • Catherine Bernard (Université Paris Diderot),
  • Nicholas Manning (Université Paris Sorbonne),
  • Laura Marcus (New College, Oxford),
  • Jean-Michel Rabaté (University of Pennsylvania),
  • Caroline Pollentier (Université Paris Sorbonne nouvelle–Paris 3),
  • Julie Taylor (Northumbria University), Naomi Toth (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre), 
  • Steven Yao (Hamilton College, New York).

Lieux

  • Université Paris Ouest Nanterre
    Nanterre, France (92)

Dates

  • dimanche 15 novembre 2015

Mots-clés

  • modernisme, émotions, nature, genre, culture, affect

Contacts

  • Hélène Aji
    courriel : helene [dot] aji [at] parisnanterre [dot] fr

Source de l'information

  • Hélène Aji
    courriel : helene [dot] aji [at] parisnanterre [dot] fr

Pour citer cette annonce

« Modernist Emotions », Appel à contribution, Calenda, Publié le mercredi 02 septembre 2015, http://calenda.org/338093

Archiver cette annonce

  • Google Agenda
  • iCal

À lire sur le même thème