ABO Volume 4: Emotion in the Long Eighteenth Century

The editors of ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts 1640-1830 invite submissions for the fourth volume of this peer-reviewed online journal to be published in March 2014. Submissions will be considered in five categories: scholarship, pedagogy, new media, notes and discoveries, and reviews. In all areas, work should be related to women in the arts between 1640 and 1830, including literature, visual arts, music, performance art, film criticism, and production arts. Submissions in all areas of women in the arts from 1640 to 1830 are encouraged.

Our fourth volume will feature essays on the topic of “Emotion in the Long Eighteenth Century.” The long eighteenth century in Britain has been described as a battleground between thought and feeling. Changes in the cultural position of rationality were mirrored by similar changes in the cultural position of emotion: as rationalism and science-based methodologies gained sway across disciplines, simultaneously, the aesthetic, cultural, and physiological values and effects of emotion became a central preoccupation. The eighteenth century iterates and complicates familiar dyads; thinking and feeling, rationality and emotion, science and art become imagined as increasingly separate modes as they are also consistently imagined as overlapping and converging.

Papers might address the following questions: In what ways did writers and artists from the period explore the workings of emotion?  How do the theoretical explorations of emotion work?  What do medical writings on emotion tell us?  How are philosophies of emotion influenced by and how do they influence social categories?  How does contemporary work on affect influence our understanding of eighteenth-century representations of emotion?  How is the man of feeling politicized? What role does nation have in the physical and aesthetic understanding of emotion?  Are all emotions created equal and what is to be learned from hierarchical assignations of emotional states and/or their generic associations? What did emotion mean to the readers and authors of the period?  How did emotion in the early part of the long eighteenth century prepare for or anticipate the Cult of Sensibility?  How do emotions get represented on stage, in novels, in poetry, in visual arts? How did emotion interact with the development of the scientific method?  Visual and auditory aids are encouraged.

See http://www.aphrabehn.org/ABO/ for general submission guidelines as well as specific guidelines for each journal section.

DEADLINE:  September 30, 2013  (Submission not related to this theme are accepted at any time.)


Laura Runge (University of South Florida)

Section Editors:

Kirsten Saxton, Scholarly Editor  (Mills College)
Laura Runge, Pedagogy Editor (University of South Florida)
Anne Greenfield, New Media Editor (Valdosta State University)
Robin Runia, Book Review Editor (Xavier University)
Debbie Welham, Notes and Discoveries Editor (University of Winchester)

Managing Editors:

Jennifer Golightly (University of Denver)
Aleksondra Hultquist (University of Melbourne)

1 comment for “ABO Volume 4: Emotion in the Long Eighteenth Century

  1. January 14, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Great topic & looking forward to the issue!!–in fact, such a great topic that I’d like to remind folks that PMLA is putting together a volume on Emotions as well. The deadline for essays was Nov 4, 2013, but a little bird told me there might be some room still for submissions if they come in very soon. Julia Goulding, managing editor at PMLA is the one to contact & send submissions to: jgoulding@mla.org

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