ASECS 2013: "The Aesthetics of Everyday Life" (April 4-7, 2013, Cleveland, Ohio)
The eighteenth century's fascination with everyday life can be detected in a wide range of genres and cultural practices, including the novel, familiar essay, satire, drame bourgeois, biography, autobiography, genre painting, letter-writing and journalizing. This panel invites an interdisciplinary exploration of this new interest in the ordinary, focusing especially on issues of aesthetics: How did everyday life come to be seen as a worthy subject of aesthetic representation? What were the privileged modes of narrativity or protocols of description used for these representations, and where did they come from? How, in turn, did new aesthetic forms allow individuals to see and think about ordinary life in new ways?