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130078 VO Theories of Emotion (2014S)

Emotions play an absolutely seminal role in the composition and interpretation of literature and culture. But what is an emotion and how do we register it? Many important questions remain unanswered. Given that the tapestry of a person’s emotional responses is frequently understood as a marker of identity, it is by no means surprising that there are heated debates about the definition of the emotions. This lecture series will begin with a historical overview of Western traditions of interpretation which have defined the emotions as irrational expressions of the passions, and it will introduce recent neuropsychological arguments which have defined the emotions as essentially rational evaluative techniques. The lecture will offer an introduction to cognitive approaches to the explanation of emotion and it will discuss the implications of diverging theories in the context of practical interpretations. Jane Austen’s vastly popular novel Pride and Prejudice will feature as a seminal point of reference. A selection of critical essays will be collected in a Reader and some additional material will be available on Moodle.

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Sprache: Englisch

Prüfungstermine

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Montag 03.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Montag 10.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Montag 17.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Montag 24.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Montag 31.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Montag 07.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Montag 28.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Montag 05.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Montag 12.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Montag 19.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Montag 26.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Montag 02.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Montag 16.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Montag 23.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6

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Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Emotions play an absolutely seminal role in the composition and interpretation of literature and culture. But what is an emotion and how do we register it? Many important questions remain unanswered. Given that the tapestry of a person's emotional responses is frequently understood as a marker of identity, it is by no means surprising that there are such heated debates about the definition of the emotions. This lecture series will begin with a historical overview of Western traditions of interpretation which have defined the emotions as irrational expressions of the passions, and it will introduce recent neuropsychological arguments which have defined the emotions as essentially rational evaluative techniques. The lecture will offer an introduction to cognitive approaches to the explanation of emotion and it will discuss the implications of diverging theories in the context of practical interpretations.

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Participation
Written exam in the last week of the semester

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

- To offer an overview of diverging explanations of the emotions.
- To Comment on the meanings and uses of emotion, affect, and feeling.
- To explore different approaches to the interpretation of literary (and cultural) representations of emotions

Prüfungsstoff

Presentations by the lecturer
Discussions in class

Literatur

Jane Austen’s novel "Pride and Prejudice" will feature as a seminal point of reference. A selection of critical essays will be available on Moodle.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

MA M3, BA M8

Letzte Änderung: Di 17.12.2019 16:53