Session Title

Affective Transformations

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Harvard English Dept. Medieval Colloquium

Organizer Name

Erica Weaver

Organizer Affiliation

Harvard Univ.

Presider Name

Erica Weaver

Paper Title 1

Elegiac Bubbles: Ecstatic Memory in Alcuin's Poetry

Presenter 1 Name

Peter Buchanan

Presenter 1 Affiliation

New Mexico Highlands Univ.

Paper Title 2

Not a Wonder, Not Yet a Sign: Stones and Bones in the Old English Seven Sleepers

Presenter 2 Name

Danielle Ruether-Wu

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Cornell Univ.

Paper Title 3

Afraid for That Fair Sight: Sympathetic Vision in The Dream of the Rood

Presenter 3 Name

Jennifer Lorden

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of California-Berkeley

Paper Title 4

On the Hegelian Spirit of Anglo-Saxon Literature: Why Becoming Matters

Presenter 4 Name

Patricia Dailey

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Columbia Univ.

Start Date

13-5-2017 1:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 2345

Description

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.

Erica Weaver

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May 13th, 1:30 PM

Affective Transformations

Schneider 2345

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.

Erica Weaver