Emotional Nation, National Emotions in Medieval and Renaissance French Literature

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Charles-Louis Morand Métivier
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-NeMLA 2018 in Pittsburgh, Emotional Nation, National Emotions in Medieval and Renaissance French Literature Recent scholarship has acknowledged the importance of emotions in the premodern and medieval periods, notably how they were an important part of community building, as well as of political, intellectual, and religious worlds. This panel will explore how emotions were used in literature about the nascent idea of the French nation. If the French kingdom was “naturally” built around the image of the sovereign, some events weakened and threatened its power, even causing profound institutional crises. From the Hundred Years War to the French Wars of Religion, the French kingdom has navigated through many crises, which have been crucial moments after which the image of the kingdom was changed. Literature mapped these changes by focusing on the emotional reaction to these events. May it be those of the actors (king, soldiers, etc…) or of those who were the victims of such incidents (the population), the emotional discourse deployed by the writers present the kingdom as united or torn by such wars and battles. The emotional image of France and its inhabitants was then profoundly and deeply impacted by the emotional reaction present in literature, proposing different readings of the situation of the kingdom. Submit by Sept. 30th on the NeMLA submission website: www.nemla.org