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ECTI Special Issue: “Emotion in the Long Eighteenth Century” Abstracts due Sept. 1 2014
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The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation; Guest Editor: Aleksondra Hultquist
The long eighteenth century has been described as the Age of Enlightenment, a time in which rationality and the scientific method took precedence, when feeling could and should be tamed by reason. But closer examination demonstrates that it was also a time of contention between thought and feeling. The rational and irrational, the intellectual and the emotive, conflicted, competed, and combined to shape eighteenth-century thinking and experience on many levels. New work in the History of Emotion and Affect Studies have challenged and complicated old binary models of the opposition of thought and feeling, revealing the eighteenth century to be a period in which thinking and feeling, rationality and emotion, science and art were paradoxically conceptualized as increasingly separate modes of experience that nevertheless inescapably overlapped and converged.
The editor for this special issue seeks essays that will contribute to the increasingly influential areas of eighteenth-century studies in History of Emotion and Affect Studies. The editor welcomes traditional literary approaches, historical studies approaches (culture, politics, music, art, science, philosophy), cultural studies approaches, and essays that examines the aesthetics of cultural productions through the examination of emotion and affect.
Some questions this issue hopes to address:
In what ways was the eighteenth century a site for changing cultural, political, or scientific understandings of emotion?
How is emotion represented in the art, literature and culture of the long eighteenth century?
Are the classical models of emotion (the Stoic, Aristotelian, Augustinian, Aquinian) upheld or challenged in the long eighteenth century?
Where and when does the language of emotion emerge in public and private discourses?
Specific topics might include:
• The vocabulary of emotion in the long eighteenth century—“the passions,” “moral sentiments,” “the cult of sensibility,” and so forth.
Abstracts and CVs should be sent email@example.com by September 1, 2014.
If you are interested in contributing an essay (of no more than 6,000 words), please submit an abstract of approximately 500 words to Aleksondra Hultquist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The abstract should describe the scope of the topic as well as the essay’s methodology, main texts and/or materials, and any point of intervention. Please be sure that the abstract explicitly address how the argument is theorized or framed in terms of the History of Emotion or Affect Studies.
Completed essays will need to be to the editor by April 1, 2015.
Due to space constraints, essays must not exceed 25 pages (12-point font, with 1-inch margins) including notes. Essays should conform to The Chicago Style Manual in accordance with the style sheet of The Eighteenth-Century: Theory and Interpretation.
Please contact Aleksondra Hultquist with any queries.
Dr. Aleksondra Hultquist