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Between East & West: Emotions in Non-Fictional Representations of the Individual

June 1 - June 2

This conference will bring together scholars of various literatures and cultures in the period between 1600-1850 in non-fictional (factual) sources which involve passions and/or emotions. The conference is funded in part by the FACE foundation through its Partner University Fund, as part of a three year long project of cooperation between UCLA and the University of Tours (France), entitled “From Passions To Emotions: Non-Fictional Representations Of The Individual (1680-1850)”. While keeping a slight emphasis on Western “emotions”, the conference seeks to open its investigations to a different cultural sphere.


Friday, June 1 | Royce Hall 306

9:15am | Opening Remarks

9:30am | Session I: Emotion & Erudition
Frédéric Charbonneau, Mc Gill University, Quarrel About a Chinese Heritage: Arcadio Huang, Étienne Fourmount, Nicolas Fréret
Angelina Del Balzo, UCLA, Shakespeare’s Art of the Dervish: Elizabeth Montagu, Voltaire, and National Sentiment

10:30am | Coffee Break

10:45am | Session II: Passions & Cultural Identity
Daniel Williford, UCLA, Buddhism and Emotions: Asian Enlightenment and the Anxieties of European Identity
Shirley F. Tung, Kansas State University, East Meets West in Elysium: Liminal Landscapes and Loss in Montagu’s Letters from Turkey and Italy

11:45am | Lunch

2:00pm | Session III: Feelings Private & Public, from Theory…
Robert Maniquis, UCLA, Energy, Intensity and Morality in Modern Passion
Yinghui Wu, UCLA, How to Manipulate Emotions in The Classic of Whoring

3:00pm | Coffee Break

3:15pm | Session IV: … To Practice
Marc Hersant, Université de Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle), Hierarchical Feelings: An Ethological Interpretation of Saint-Simon
Tina Lu, Yale University, The Diary and the Short-story: Competing Versions of 17th Century Interiority

Saturday, June 2 | Royce Hall 306

9:00am | Session I: Subjects of Emotions: from Grandees to the People
Marie-Paule de Weerdt-Pilorge, Université de Tours, Passions and Emotions in The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyŏng: The Autobiographical Writings of a Crown Princess of Eighteenth-Century Korea
Dorthea Fronsman-Cecil, UCLA, Valentin Jamerey-Duval’s Affective Habitus
Jean-Jacques Tatin-Gourier, Université de Tours, Staging Revolutionary Choices and Expressing Personal Sentiments in the Memoirs by Louvet (1795)

10:30am | Coffee Break

11:00am | Session II: Rituals & Sentiments
Xiaoqiao Ling, Arizona State University, Staging Shared Emotional Episodes: Birthday Essays from 1681
Martin Huang, UC Irvine, Intimate Emotions: Memory and Bereaved Husbands in Late Imperial China (1650-1850)

12:00pm | Closing Remarks by Malina Stefanovska, UCLA


June 1
June 2


Royce Hall room 306
10745 Dickson Plaza, Royce Hall, Room 306
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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