ROMANTIC FEELINGS Continuities and Discontinuities in the History of Emotions (from the aftermath of the French Revolution to the Revolutions of 1848)

September 16-18, 2013, Louis-Jeantet Auditorium, Geneva

With the venue of this conference, we would like to delve into the value of Romanticism since our contemporary interest for the history of emotions. In this way, a title such as “Romantic Feelings” provides an exploratory category to navigate within disparate late 18th and early 19th affective experiences, which were usually termed as passions, feelings and sentiments but, in any case, were equivalents to our contemporary understanding of emotions. In bringing together presentations in both French and English, this conference seeks to challenge not only the translatability of emotion terms in a diachronic but also in a synchronic ways by means of comparing two different linguistic universes in which Romanticism was not shaped in similar social conditions. Bearing in mind that larger narratives based on turning points are unsatisfactory or incomplete -as Barbara Rosenwein has pointed out-, the objective of our conference is the exploration of continuities and discontinuities in the representations of feelings, sentiments and passions in relation to the body in health and disease; a body, which is not only conceived as an object of knowledge in literature, the arts and the sciences, but also as a metaphor to picture the world of politics.

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Posted: September 12, 2013