American Literature Association
22nd Annual Conference
May 26-29, 2001
The affective turn in literary and cultural studies, according to Sianne Ngai, has worked to historicize and critique certain affective states--sympathy, melancholia, shame--even as it has left unexamined the cultural roots of other, less "canonical" forms of feeling. This panel seeks papers that historicize critically neglected forms of affectivity by exploring their representation/production in eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century texts.