Littérature et civilisation 1

Diplômes intégrant cet élément pédagogique :


EC2 : littérature et civilisation des pays anglophones 1 : « Emotion and Affect in American Literature »

This course will explore questions of feeling and emotion in American literature—such as emotional truth, apathy, excess, feelings in minority cultures, and affective norms—from the nineteenth century until today, especially in light of recent developments in affect theory. Focusing on prose by such authors as Herman Melville, James Baldwin, or Lorrie Moore, and poetry by Emily Dickinson or Frank O’Hara, it will encourage students to critically engage with various ways of thinking questions of affective intensity in literary cultures from the nineteenth century until today. Situating fictional texts in dynamic relationship to the work of contemporary affect theorists such as Lauren Berlant, Rachel Greenwald Smith, or Sianne Ngai, the class will invite students to interrogate their own experiences of emotional engagement with literary works, especially in the context of the modern academy. A booklet will be distributed at the start of the semester containing a range of readings from both theoretical and fictional texts.


Berlant, Lauren. Cruel Optimism. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011.

Greenwald Smith, Rachel. Affect and American Literature in the Age of Neoliberalism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Gregg, Melissa and Seigworth, Gregory J., eds. The Affect Theory Reader. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010.

Massumi, Brian. Parables for the Virtual. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2002.

Ngai, Sianne. Ugly Feelings. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2005.

Wimsatt & Beardsley. The Verbal Icon. Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky, 1954, especially the chapter “The Affective Fallacy”

Informations complémentaires

Lieu(x) : Grenoble
Langue(s) : Français