Advanced seminar: HS: The Poetry and Poetics of Affect - Details
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Semester SS 2022
Current number of participants 5
maximum number of participants 25
Home institute Englische Literaturwissenschaft
participating institutes ZZZ_Literaturwissenschaft (Anglistik/Amerikanistik)
Courses type Advanced seminar in category Teaching
Next date Tue , 28.06.2022 11:45 - 13:15, Room: (D 1003)
Type/Form Hauptseminar (Master und Lehramt)
Pre-requisites Einführung in die Literaturwissenschaft
Performance record term paper
Online/Digitale Veranstaltung Veranstaltung wird in Präsenz abgehalten.
Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch
ECTS points 8

Course location / Course dates

(D 1003) Tuesday: 11:45 - 13:15, weekly (13x)

Module assignments


Poetry is often considered a very subjective genre and one that is prone to the immediacy of feeling and experience. Indeed, poets have often made the expression of emotions their aim – for example, it plays a central role in Romantic poetics. But how does poetic form give expression to feeling? And what exactly is ‘feeling’?
Over the past decades, affect theorists have tried to come up with various definitions of ‘emotion’, ‘affect’ or ‘feeling’, some of which distinguish pre-cognitive affects and cognitively reflected emotions. This raises a question: if reading is a clearly cognitive process and if affects are pre-cognitive, hence outside cognition, how may a text express such affects then? This will be our guiding question throughout this seminar in which we will read several theoretical texts on affects/emotions as well as examples of poems from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century. We will also read some poetological texts in which poets attempt to tackle the role of affects or emotions in poetry.
A reader with poems will be made available on Digicampus.

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