With Patricia Dailey: Affective Transformations
This panel focuses on the idea of affective transformation in the largest sense of the term: conversion, pedagogy, metamorphosis, waning of passions, spiritual awakening, reading, etc. What can we learn from how Old English and Anglo-Latin literatures represent, incite, model, or even demean affective alteration? How might transformation be structured through a poem (in form or grammar)? How, for example, might change be spoken of and manifest in a saint’s life (visually, behaviorally, ethically) and what might this suggest about the role of affect? What strategies do texts use for locating and engaging affective or emotional involvement — and what kind of involvement is even desirable? Moreover, what happens when texts resist our emotional categories, or when they favor understatement over expression? In short, submissions are welcome to locate and question the role of “affective transformation” in the broadest sense possible.
Nota bene: This is a blind review panel. Patricia Dailey has agreed to present a paper, but a committee will select the other papers by a process of double blind review of the submitted abstracts. Abstracts from graduate students and junior scholars are especially encouraged.
All questions, abstract submissions, and required information should be sent to Erica Weaver and Helen Cushman at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by the congress deadline (September 15th).