CFP: Atmospheres, Space, Poetry (GSA, Washington, D.C., October 1-4, 2015).


This panel seeks to revisit the question of emotion, atmosphere, and “Stimmung” in lyric poetry from the 17th century to the present. Particularly welcome are papers that combine conceptual questions with close readings of specific texts or authors, as well as papers that draw connections between specific texts, concepts, and the discursive environment of the time period in question.

Recent scholarship on literary emotion studies and lyric poetry tends to understand emotion in a corporeal and material sense adopting theories and concepts from neuroscience and cognitive science (Boyd, Schrott / Jacobs), and – on the other side of the spectrum – phenomenology (Meyer-Sickendiek). In particular, the phenomenology of affect and emotion as corporeal atmosphere (as suggested by H. Schmitz and G. Böhme) has opened new approaches to emotion in literature that allow insights into the evolution of the languages of emotion from a historical perspective.

The panel “Atmospheres, Space, Poetry” takes on these suggestions, in order to explore the conjunction between emotion, space, atmosphere, and lyric poetry. We are interested in papers that address:

         the conceptual framework of a poetics of space and emotion in poetry,
         the affinity between poetry and “Stimmung” / atmosphere,
         a particular author or body of texts for which atmosphere is a constitutive part of individual poetics,
         the emergence or evolution of “Stimmung” / atmosphere as an aspect of modern poetry and poetics in a historical perspective,
         the actual linguistic constitution of atmosphere / “Stimmung”,
         the intersection between emotion / affect in poetry and the emergence of life sciences in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The panel will be submitted under the umbrella of the Emotion Studies Network and will address the network’s theme “Corporeality and Materiality of Emotions”. Please send proposals to Jan Jost-Fritz at [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> by January 10th 2015.


Dr. Jan Jost-Fritz
Visiting Assistant Professor of German 
Department of Modern Languages
Kansas State University
104 Eisenhower Hall
Manhattan KS 66506

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