Bodies, Affect, Reading (proposal by 15 Sept 2010; ASECS conference 17-20 March 2011)

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David A. Brewer
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I'm seeking proposals for fifteen to twenty minute talks for the following panel at the upcoming meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies in Vancouver, BC, next March:

This session aims to bring together three lines of inquiry which have all too often been conducted in isolation from one another: the history of bodily sensation, the history of the emotions, and the history of reading. Wonderful work has been done on each of these, but mere common sense (not to mention methodological rigor) would suggest that they have to have routinely overlapped with and further complicated one another. But how? I welcome proposals dealing with the interrelations of bodies, affect, and reading in a substantive and high-stakes way from any discipline and focused on any sort of material from anywhere in the eighteenth-century world generously conceived (including, but not limited to, the arousing, the tear-jerking, the devotional, the disciplinary, the terrifying, the relaxing, the pleasing, the puzzling, etc.). Preference will be given to proposals which highlight their broad theoretical or methodological payoff.

Please send proposals to by 15 Sept 2010.