History, Identity and Emotions in Italian Literature

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
NeMLA 2019
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In the last decades, the general perception that emotions are opposed to history and that politics is unemotional has been challenged by a number of scholars in various disciplines: Sara Ahmed’s, for example, has argued that emotions ‘stick’ to objects in a social context, while others consider affect as a fundamental aspect of citizenship (among them, Graziella Parati). This panel seeks to continue a conversation started at NeMLA 2018 about the role and representation of emotions and affect in Italian history and literature. We will accept proposals that analyze the intersectionality between history, identity and emotions from early modern to contemporary Italian literary texts. Possible areas of analysis include: the way the study of emotions and affect challenges the traditional notion of history; the influence of culture and space on the production and representation of emotions; the way emotions shape identity, culture and language; cultural metamorphosis of emotions.


Other topics for presentation may include, but are not limited to:

- transnational spaces of emotions

- history and emotions

- identity and emotions

- culture and emotions

- readership and emotions

- visual arts and emotions

- gender and emotions

- politics and emotions

- the language of emotions and affect

- modernity and emotions


Please submit a 300-word abstract following this link https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17264 by Sunday, September 30th, 2018. If you have questions, feel free contact the session organizers, Stefania Porcelli (stef.porcelli@gmail.com) and Luisanna Sardu (luisanna.sardu@manhattan.edu)