Anger in the Nineteenth Century: Critical Perspectives
From the Gothic beginnings of E.T.A. Hoffman’s Mademoiselle de Scudéri (1819-20), one could sense the heavy breathings of a darkness almost entirely manifested in Anger. When Olivier Brusson comes knocking at de Scudéri’s door, standing on the verge of being turned away by La Martinière, he responds in an axiomatic manner: “Remember, her anger will rest upon you for ever when she comes to know that it was you who cruelly drove away from her door the unfortunate wretch who came to beg for her help”. What Olivier communicates, albeit cryptically, is that the perpetuation of anger becomes a remote possibility in instinctive nescience, whereas Knowledge creates that anger which stands capable of generating fruitful results. La Martinière’s cruelty then, properly understood, is not transcribing Olivier’s instinctive anger (which is witnessed in his demonic possession at that instant) in a manner that is feasible to the righteous growth of Mademoiselle’s creative anger – the precise failure of an inefficient dialectic medium. This inefficiency, the inability to articulate “anger”, results in an unconscious release of fear, anxiety and terror, remarkably charted by Sigmund Freud in The Future of an Illusion. The three-fold process thus synthesizes de-instinctifying Anger, Dialectizing anger effectively, readying it for incorporation with the Self symbolized by creative, and the constitutional value of Created, or Creative anger – all of which must be addressed through its marriage with, and subsequent deconstruction of its creative unconscious by the Critic in as many succinct ways as possible.
Essays addressing all possible interpretations of this research problem are invited under the rubric of nineteenth-century literature, by not evading the following themes:
- Cognizing Vacuity in Anger
- The Criminal Unconscious with/without Anger.
- Epistemology of Anger in the Gothic.
- Apocalypse, Anger and Psychology.
- Conceptualizing Anger in (New) Women.
- Autobiography of Anger/the angry
- Agitation, Laughter and Relief Theories.
- Krodha Rasa and the Nineteenth Century.
Please Send an abstract, not exceeding 200 words (keywords not necessary), on the above-mentioned themes/topics to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 15th of September, 2021. Contributors whose abstracts have been selected shall be communicated with by the 30th of September, 2021 with detailed instruction from editors on how the essay must be structured. Controversial political or religious themes are strongly discouraged.