Archives de catégorie : Vient de paraître

Hope, Joy, and Affection in the Classical World


Source : OUP

Hope, Joy, and Affection in the Classical World, Oxford Univesity Press, 2016

Edited by Ruth R. Caston and Robert A. Kaster

The emotions have long been an interest for those studying ancient Greece and Rome. But while the last few decades have produced excellent studies of individual emotions and the different approaches to them by the major philosophical schools, the focus has been almost entirely on negative emotions. This might give the impression that the Greeks and Romans had little to say about positive emotion, something that would be misguided. As the chapters in this collection indicate, there are representations of positive emotions extending from archaic Greek poetry to Augustine, and in both philosophical works and literary genres as wide-ranging as lyric poetry, forensic oratory, comedy, didactic poetry, and the novel. Nor is the evidence uniform: while many of the literary representations give expression to positive emotion but also describe its loss, the philosophers offer a more optimistic assessment of the possibilities of attaining joy or contentment in this life.

The positive emotions show some of the same features that all emotions do. But unlike the negative emotions, which we are able to describe and analyze in great detail because of our preoccupation with them, positive emotions tend to be harder to articulate. Hence the interest of the present study, which considers how positive emotions are described, their relationship to other emotions, the ways in which they are provoked or upset by circumstances, how they complicate and enrich our relationships with other people, and which kinds of positive emotion we should seek to integrate. The ancient works have a great deal to say about all of these topics, and for that reason deserve more study, both for our understanding of antiquity and for our understanding of the positive emotions in general.

Introduction Ruth R. Caston and Robert A. Kaster
I. Hope
1. Douglas Cairns, Metaphors for Hope in Archaic and Classical Greek Poetry
2. Damien Nelis, Emotion in Vergil’s Georgics: Farming and the Politics of Hope
3. Laurel Fulkerson, ‘Torn between Hope and Despair’: Narrative Foreshadowing and Suspense in the Greek Novel
II. Joy and Happiness
4. Ruth R. Caston, The Irrepressibility of Joy in Roman Comedy
5. Michael C. J. Putnam, Horatius Felix
6. Margaret Graver, Anatomies of Joy: Seneca and the Gaudium Tradition
7. Christopher Gill, Positive Emotions in Stoicism: Are they Enough?
III. Fellow-feeling and Kindness
8. Ed Sanders, Generating Goodwill and Friendliness in Attic Forensic Oratory
9. David Armstrong, Utility and Affection in Epicurean Friendship: Philodemus On the Gods 3, On Property Management, and Horace, Sermones 2.6
10. Gillian Clark, Caritas: Augustine on Love and Fellow-feeling
11. Martha Nussbaum, ‘If You Could See This Heart’: Mozart’s Mercy
Works Cited

Edited by Ruth R. Caston, Associate Professor of Classical Studies, University of Michigan, and Robert A. Kaster, Kennedy Foundation Professor of Latin Language and Literature and Professor of Classics, Princeton University

Ruth R. Caston is an Associate Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Michigan and the author of Elegiac Passion: Jealousy in Roman Love Elegy.

Robert A. Kaster is the Kennedy Foundation Professor of Latin Language and Literature and Professor of Classics at Princeton University.

Gender, Material Culture and Emotions in Scandinavian History

Toivo, M. R. and J. Van Gent, eds. ‘Gender, Material Culture and Emotions in Scandinavian History’. Special Issue, Scandinavian Journal of History 41.3 (2016).

Summary :

Gender, Material Culture and Emotions in Scandinavian History
Jacqueline Van Gent & Raisa Maria Toivo
Pages: 263-270

Materiality, rhetoric and emotion in the Pietà
Ann-Catrine Eriksson
Pages: 271-288
Religion and emotion
Raisa Maria Toivo
Pages: 289-305
Embroidering women and turning men
Johanna Ilmakunnas
Pages: 306-331
Negotiating charity
Åsa Karlsson Sjögren
Pages: 332-349
Mixed feelings
Eirinn Larsen & Vibeke Kieding Banik
Pages: 350-368
Emotional causality in dynamistic Finnish–Karelian folk belief
Laura Stark
Pages: 369-387
Linnaeus’ tea cup
Jacqueline Van Gent
Pages: 388-409
The botany of friendship and love
Ina Lindblom
Pages: 410-426
Books, dress, and emotions in the memoirs of the clergyman Johan Frosterus (1720–1809)
Päivi Räisänen-Schröder
Pages: 427-446
Susan Broomhall
Pages: 447-474

Emotion and Persuasion in Classical Antiquity

source : 435e5699ccFranz Steiner Verlag

Ed Sanders (dir), Matthew Johncock (dir.), Emotion and Persuasion  in Classical Antiquity, Stuttgart, Franz Steiner Verlag, 2016.
321 p., 12 b/w tables.
ISBN 978-3-515-11361-8

Ed Sanders, Chris Carey,
Brenda Griffith-Williams, Guy
Westwood, Angelos Chaniotis,
Maria Fragoulaki, Jayne Knight,
Alexandra Eckert, Lucy Jackson,
Jennifer Winter, Judith Hagen,
Matthew Johncock, Irene Salvo,
Eleanor Dickey, Kate Hammond,
Federica Iurescia

Appeal to emotion is a key technique of persuasion, ranked by Aristotle alongside logical reasoning and arguments from character. Although ancient philosophical discussions of it have been much researched, exploration of its practical use has focused largely on explicit appeals to a handful of emotions (anger, hatred, envy, pity) in 5th–4th century BCE Athenian courtroom oratory. This volume expands horizons: from an opening section focusing on so-far underexplored emotions and sub-genres of oratory in Classical Athens, its scope moves outwards generically, geographically, and chronologically through the « Greek East » to Rome.Key thematic links are: the role of emotion in the formation of community identity; persuasive strategies in situations of unequal power; and linguistic formulae and genre-specific emotional persuasion. Other recurring themes include performance (rather than arousal) of emotions, the choice between emotional and rational argumentation, the emotions of gods, and a concern with a secondary « audience »: the reader.

Decolonizing Theories of Emotions

Voici un numéro de la revue  indienne Samyukta, A Journal of Gender and Culture fort intéressant, paru cet été, pour celles et ceux qui souhaitent élargir leurs façons de penser l’émotion en allant voir ce qu’en pensent Indiens et indianistes, spécialistes de la culture

Le site est un peu instable, il faut cliquer 2 fois pour accéder au contenu…


Guest editorial by Sneja Gunew

Is there an Indian Way of Reading Emotions? Trs Sharma

Decolonizing Empathy: Thinking Affect Transnationally Carolyn Pedwell

Body-sense and the Somatic Markers: Emotions in Consciousness Sangeetha Menon

Flows of Feeling Vilashini Cooppan

What does Sanskrit Aesthetics Offer the Contemporary Novel? Nikhil Govind

Revolutionary Joy / Infectious Feeling Dina Al-Kassim

The Violence of Caste and Sexuality : P. Sivakami Kiran Keshavamurthy

The Scene of Humiliation V. Sanil

Extinction Affect and the Case of the Polar Bear Margery Fee

Expressing Body, Experience of Emotion B. Hariharan

Sahrudaya – A Resonant Heart J. Sreenivasha Murthy

Aesthetic Sensibility – An Indian Perspective V. S. Sharma

Presencing Emotions and Absenting Bodies ? A Glance Back Priya V.



Making Love in the Twelfth Century


Source : University of Pennsylvania Press

Making Love in the Twelfth Century
« Letters of Two Lovers » in Context. A new translation with commentary by Barbara Newman

392 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth Jun 2016 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4809-8 | $59.95s | £39.00 | Add to cart
Ebook 2016 | ISBN 978-0-8122-9272-5 | $59.95s | £39.00 | About | Add to cart
A volume in the Middle Ages Series
View table of contents and excerpt

« This rich contribution to ongoing debate about the ‘Letters of Two Lovers’ is essential reading for scholars interested not only in Abelard and Heloise but also the Loire poets, Ovid in the Middle Ages, female authorship, literary letter-writing and history of the emotions. At the same time, it generously opens up these topics—central to the study of the literature of the twelfth century—to a broader readership. »—Elizabeth Tyler, University of York »Making Love in the Twelfth Century showcases Barbara Newman’s fine poetic sensibility and acute detective skills as she explores the secrets of a literary treasure of the twelfth century. In the course of rediscovering the Epistolae duorum amantium (Letters of Two Lovers) she makes the Latin literary culture of the High Middle Ages newly visible to us in all of its emotional intensity and formal beauty. This is far more than a translation and commentary: it is at once a distinctive contribution to literary history and a triumphant celebration of the literature of love. »—Rita Copeland, University of Pennsylvania

« With grace and learning, Barbara Newman illuminates the emotional and textual communities that created the Letters of Two Lovers and similar works of art and love. The translations are glowing, and Newman’s introduction and commentaries essential—not only for medievalists but also for anyone interested in amorous attachments. And who is not? »—Barbara H. Rosenwein, Loyola University Chicago

« Barbara Newman’s Making Love in the Twelfth Century makes a love affair in progress visible to the reader and shows the ‘making’—that is, composing—of love within a discursive tradition. »—C. Stephen Jaeger, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Nine hundred years ago in Paris, a teacher and his brilliant female student fell in love and chronicled their affair in a passionate correspondence. Their 116 surviving letters, some whole and some fragmentary, are composed in eloquent, highly rhetorical Latin. Since their discovery in the late twentieth century, the Letters of Two Lovers have aroused much attention because of their extreme rarity. They constitute the longest correspondence by far between any two persons from the entire Middle Ages, and they are private rather than institutional—which means that, according to all we know about the transmission of medieval letters, they should not have survived at all. Adding to their mystery, the letters are copied anonymously in a single late fifteenth-century manuscript, although their style and range of reference place them squarely in the early twelfth century.

Can this collection of correspondence be the previously lost love letters of Abelard and Heloise? And even if not, what does it tell us about the lived experience of love in the twelfth century?

Barbara Newman contends that these teacher-student exchanges bear witness to a culture that linked Latin pedagogy with the practice of ennobling love and the cult of friendship during a relatively brief period when women played an active part in that world. Newman presents a new translation of these extraordinary letters, along with a full commentary and two extended essays that parse their literary and intellectual contexts and chart the course of the doomed affair. Included, too, are two other sets of twelfth-century love epistles, the Tegernsee Letters and selections from the Regensburg Songs. Taken together, they constitute a stunning contribution to the study of the history of emotions by one of our most prominent medievalists.

Barbara Newman is John Evans Professor of Latin Language and Literature at Northwestern University. She is author and editor of many books, including God and the Goddesses: Vision, Poetry, and Belief in the Middle Ages, winner of the Haskins Medal of the Medieval Academy of America, and From Virile Woman to WomanChrist: Studies in Medieval Religion and Literature. Both are available from University of Pennsylvania Press.

Zorn und Macht in Texten des 12. Jahrhunderts (vient de paraître)

Source : De Gruyter

9783110472066Freienhofer, Evamaria

Verkörperungen von Herrschaft

Zorn und Macht in Texten des 12. Jahrhunderts

[Embodiments of Rule: Rage and Power in 12th Century Texts]

Series:Trends in Medieval Philology 32

Recent years have witnessed growing interest in anger as a literary and societal phenomenon. Delving into this topic, this work examines the ways that 12th century authors functionalized rage for their narratives of power and rule. An innovative aspect of the work is its cross-genre examination of texts that can be seen as key conceptualizations of early statehood.

«Ragionar d’amore». Il lessico delle emozioni nella lirica medievale (vient de paraître)

Source : SISMEL

medievi_09_ragionardamore«Ragionar d’amore». Il lessico delle emozioni nella lirica medievale

A cura di Alessio Decaria e Lino Leonardi
Bros. pp. VIII-324, € 44
Collana mediEVI, 09
anno 2015
isbn 978-88-8450-683-2

Premessa di L. Leonardi. R. Antonelli, Emozioni, canone letterario, Europa – R. Distilo, Etimi e lemmi del « trobar »: fra stati d’animo e sentimenti eccessivi – R. Viel, Appunti su genere e lessico in Giraut de Borneil e Bertran de Born – P. Squillacioti, Sul lessico del disamore nella poesia trobadorica – F. Costantini, Referenti esterni del lessico trobadorico dell’affettività – G. Gubbini, Patologia amorosa. Due fenomeni nella lirica d’oïl – M. Brea, La expresión de las emociones en la lírica gallego-portuguesa (primera aproximación) – L. Leonardi, L’evoluzione del lessico lirico medievale: il filtro italiano – P. Larson, Crudele ed amaroso amaro – G. Marrani, « Parcere subiectis ». Opposizioni e dissonanze nelle implorazioni amorose fra Dante e Cino da Pistoia – A. Decaria, Lessico delle emozioni e lessico familiare nei poeti toscani fra Due e Trecento – F. Zinelli, Personificazioni di emozioni nella poesia comica di età comunale (« Malinconia », « Tristezza » e le altre in Cecco Angiolieri, Bindo Bonichi, Buccio di Aldobrandino e in un anonimo serventese « De claustro animae ») – R. Rea, Appunti sul lessico e la psicologia della paura nei « Rerum vulgarium fragmenta » – M. S. Lannutti, « Timor » e « fortitudo », « desiderium » e « temperantia » nei due primi madrigali del Canzoniere petrarchesco. Indici.

Vient de paraître : Histoire intellectuelle des émotions, de l’Antiquité à nos jours

Antonello da Messina, Portrait d'un jeune homme, huile sur bois, v. 1470 Legs Benjamin Altman, 1913 Metropolitan Museum of Art
Antonello da Messina, Portrait d’un jeune homme, huile sur bois, v. 1470
Legs Benjamin Altman, 1913
Metropolitan Museum of Art

D. Boquet et P. Nagy (dir.), Histoire intellectuelle des émotions, de l’Antiquité à nos jours, L’Atelier du Centre de recherches historiques, 16 (2016)

Nous avons le plaisir d’annoncer la parution en ligne, en texte intégral et libre d’accès, du tout dernier volume de notre programme EMMA intitulé : Histoire intellectuelle des émotions, de l’Antiquité à nos jours, sous la direction de Damien Boquet et Piroska Nagy.

Le recueil, composé de 14 articles, est paru dans la collection de L’Atelier du Centre de recherches historiques, la revue électronique du CRH, numéro 16, juin 2016.

Présentation et sommaire :

Ce recueil présente des textes issus de la cinquième rencontre du projet EMMA, EMotions au Moyen Âge. Projet interdisciplinaire, EMMA a toujours voulu discuter de l’histoire des émotions avec les non-historiens, les non-médiévistes, les spécialistes d’autres aires culturelles. Notre volume contient ainsi des travaux d’historiens de l’Occident et de la Chine, mais aussi de psychologues, de philosophes et d’un littéraire. Face à un domaine aussi complexe que l’histoire des émotions, la multiplicité des points de vue et des démarches est fondamentale. Entreprendre une « histoire intellectuelle des émotions », c’est avant tout une invitation à questionner nos outils théoriques et nos façons de penser l’émotion, en les faisant dialoguer avec celles des époques et des sociétés de notre enquête.

« Les Cafés de l’histoire » avec Piroska Nagy (Librairie Payot, Genève)

CIMG0764[4] CIMG0765[3]Mercredi 27 avril à 12h chez Payot Rive Gauche (Genève)

Piroska Nagy, professeure d’histoire du Moyen Âge, sera l’invitée des Cafés de l’Histoire organisés par Payot Libraire et la Maison de l’histoire pour son ouvrage « Sensible Moyen Âge » co-écrit avec Damien Boquet. Entrée libre. Débat animé par Guillemette Bolens, professeure de littérature à l’université de Genève.

L’humour et le savoir des corps. Don Quichotte, Tristram Shandy et le rire du lecteur

1457340199Source : PUR

Guillemette Bolens, L’humour et le savoir des corps. Don Quichotte, Tristram Shandy et le rire du lecteur, Rennes, PUR, 2016.

Cet ouvrage propose de développer les moyens de rendre compte d’un humour qui relève de dynamiques corporelles en interaction, telles qu’elles s’actualisent dans la lecture d’une œuvre littéraire. Il teste deux nouvelles pistes d’analyse kinésique, celle du tempo et celle du dialogue tonique, intégrées à des perspectives narratologiques, cognitives et sociohistoriques.

Guillemette Bolens est professeure de littérature anglaise et de littérature comparée à l’université de Genève. Sa recherche porte sur l’histoire du corps, l’analyse des gestes, la cognition motrice et l’intelligence kinésique dans l’art et la littérature. Elle a publié sur la corporéité aussi bien chez Homère, Virgile, Quintilien, Chrétien de Troyes, Chaucer, Joyce et Proust, que chez Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Jacques Tati et Eddie Izzard. Elle a écrit La Logique du corps articulaire. Les articulations du corps humain dans la littérature occidentale (Prix Latsis et Prix Barbour), et Le Style des gestes. Corporéité et kinésie dans le récit littéraire, traduit en anglais sous le titre The Style of Gestures. Embodiment and Cognition in Literary Narrative.

PMLA Special Topic: Emotions (oct. 2015)


Source: Modern Language Association

PMLA, Vol. 130, No. 5, October 2015

ISSN 0030-8129
Special Topic: Emotions
Coordinated by Katharine Ann Jensen and Miriam L. Wallace
Introduction—Facing Emotions
Animals Are from Venus, Human Beings from Mars: Averroës’s Aristotle and the Rationality of Emotion in Guido Cavalcanti’s “Donna me prega”
Better Living through Dread: Medieval Ascetics, Modern Philosophers, and the Long History of Existential Anxiety
Pity and Poetics in Chaucer’s Legend of Good Women
The Pathos of Reading
Contested Emotions: Pity and Gratitude from the Stoics to Swift and Wordsworth
Nat Turner and the Work of Enthusiasm
Facing Wilde; or, Emotion’s Image
Emotion in Motion: The Nāṭyashāstra, Darwin, and Affect Theory
The Scandal of Insensibility; or, The Bartleby Problem
Kafka’s Laughter: On Joy and the Kafkaesque

Empathy and the Novel


Source : OUP

Empathy and the Novel, Oxford University Press, 2015

Suzanne Keen

  • Provides a thorough account of the relevant research in psychology, discourse processing, neuroscience, and narrative theory.
  • Redresses the lack of attention to affect by literary scholars: practitioners of cognitive literary studies have long sought an emphasis on affect and Keen makes it an integral part of her study.
  • Presents groundbreaking new theory of narrative empathy: the empathy-altruism hypothesis, while valid for real human empathy and subsequent prosocial action, has not been demonstrated to work when the empathetic experience comes from reading fiction.

Does empathy felt while reading fiction actually cultivate a sense of connection, leading to altruistic actions on behalf of real others? Empathy and the Novel presents a comprehensive account of the relationships among novel reading, empathy, and altruism. Drawing on psychology, narrative theory, neuroscience, literary history, philosophy, and recent scholarship in discourse processing, Keen brings together resources and challenges for the literary study of empathy and the psychological study of fiction reading. Empathy robustly enters into affective responses to fiction, yet its role in shaping the behavior of emotional readers has been debated for three centuries. Keen surveys these debates and illustrates the techniques that invite empathetic response. She argues that the perception of fictiveness increases the likelihood of readers’ empathy in part by releasing them from the guarded responses necessitated by the demands of real others. Narrative empathy is a strategy and subject of contemporary novelists from around the world, writers who tacitly endorse the potential universality of human emotions when they call upon their readers’ empathy. If narrative empathy is to be taken seriously, Keen suggests, then women’s reading and responses to popular fiction occupy a central position in literary inquiry, and cognitive literary studies should extend its range beyond canonical novels. In short, Keen’s study extends the playing field for literature practitioners, causing it to resemble more closely that wide open landscape inhabited by readers.

1.: Contemporary Perspectives on Empathy
2.: The Literary Career of Empathy
3.: Readers’ Empathy
4.: Empathy in the Marketplace
5.: Authors’ Empathy
6.: Contesting Empathy
Appendix: A Collection of Hypotheses about Narrative Empathy
Work Cited

Suzanne Keen, Broadus Professor of English, Washington and Lee University

Suzanne Keen, Thomas H. Broadus Professor of English at Washington and Lee University, is the author of Narrative Form (2003), Romances of the Archive in Contemporary British Fiction (2001), Victorian Renovations of the Novel: Narrative Annexes and the Boundaries of Representation (1998), and a volume of poetry, Milk Glass Mermaid (2007).