Noncanonical Affects (ALA 2011, Boston, 5/26-5/29; proposals by 12/15/2010)

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Brian Sweeney
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The affective turn in literary studies, according to Sianne Ngai, has worked to historicize certain emotions--sympathy, melancholia, shame--even as it has left unexamined the cultural roots of other, less privileged forms of feeling. This panel invites papers concerned with historicizing less "canonical" emotions by exploring their representation/production in literary texts of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries.

Especially welcome are papers which

•foreground links between literary canonicity and affectivity;

•situate texts within transnational affective structures and/or discourses; and/or

•consider relationships and tensions between affect studies and the so-called "aesthetic turn."

Please send abstract (250-500 words) and brief c.v. to Brian Sweeney by December 15.