Writing Emotions

Theoretical Concepts and Selected Case Studies in Literature

After a long period of neglect, emotions have become an important topic within literary studies. This collection of essays stresses the complex link between aesthetic and non-aesthetic emotional components and discusses emotional patterns by focusing on the practice of writing as well as on the impact of such patterns on receptive processes. Readers interested in the topic will be presented with a concept of aesthetic emotions as formative both within the writing and the reading process. Essays, ranging in focus from the beginning of modern drama to digital formats and theoretical questions, examine examples from English, German, French, Russian and American literature. Contributors include Angela Locatelli, Vera Nünning, and Gesine Lenore Schiewer.


  1. Frontmatter

    Seiten 1 - 4
  2. Contents

    Seiten 5 - 8
  3. Preface

    Seiten 9 - 14
  4. Writing Emotions/Reading Emotions

    Emotions and the Process of Writing

    Seiten 17 - 28
  5. The Affective Value of Fiction Presenting and Evoking Emotions

    Seiten 29 - 54
  6. The Author - "Specialize[d] in Having Fun"? Cognitive Theories of Emotion and Literary Studies in the Context of Two Interviews with Michael Stavarič

    Seiten 55 - 76
  7. Emotions and/in Religion Reading Sigmund Freud, Rudolph Otto, and William James

    Seiten 77 - 96
  8. Emotions Mediated

    Autism, Love, and Writing in and around Russian Literature On Feeling, Non-Feeling and Writing as a Communicative Medium to Express Emotions

    Seiten 99 - 122
  9. Riding Emotions The Motorcycle as a Vehicle of Political E/Motions in Rachel Kushner's Novel The Flamethrowers

    Seiten 123 - 136
  10. "[…] which approximates 'I love you'." Jonathan Safran Foer's Punctuation of Emotions

    Seiten 137 - 158
  11. Form and Emotion in Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    Seiten 159 - 174
  12. The Intermediality of Emotion Representations of Emotionality and Fear in YouTube Vlogs and Beyond

    Seiten 175 - 194
  13. Emotions on Stage and in Literary Texts

    "'Tis Magic, Magic that Hath Ravished Me" Passionate Conjuring in Doctor Faustus and The Devil's Charter

    Seiten 197 - 214
  14. Passionate Writing The Rhythms of Jealousy in Early Modern English Texts and Drama

    Seiten 215 - 232
  15. When the Author Is Not the Author of Passions J.J. Engel's Herr Lorenz Stark and the Pathognomy of Style

    Seiten 233 - 246
  16. How to Study Emotion Effects in Literature Written Emotions in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher"

    Seiten 247 - 264
  17. Posthuman Nostalgia? Re-Evaluating Human Emotions in Michel Houellebecq's La possibilité d'une île ..

    Seiten 265 - 274
  18. Writing Wounds

    Writing Disgust, Writing Realities The Complexity of Negative Emotions in Émile Zola's Nana

    Seiten 277 - 294
  19. Breaking the Ice, Freezing the Laughter Authorial Empathy, Reader Response, and the Kafkaesque Poetics of Guilt and Shame

    Seiten 295 - 310
  20. Hiding One's Feelings 'Emotionless' Rhetoric in Raul Hilberg's The Destruction of the European Jews and Peter Weiss's Die Ermittlung

    Seiten 311 - 346
  21. Love under Threat The Emotional Valences of the Twilight Saga

    Seiten 347 - 378

    Seiten 379 - 384
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24. Mai 2017, 384 Seiten
ISBN: 978-3-8376-3793-9

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Ingeborg Jandl

Ingeborg Jandl, University of Graz, Austria

Susanne Knaller

Susanne Knaller, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Österreich

Sabine Schönfellner

Sabine Schönfellner, University of Graz, Austria

Gudrun Tockner

Gudrun Tockner, University of Graz, Austria

... with the editors

1. Why a book on this subject?

The proposed focus on the interconnections between writing and emotion is a new approach to a currently very relevant topic. From neuroscience to art history, the studies of emotions have elaborated many new insights during the last decade. It is an opportune and productive moment to bring these discourses up for discussion within the field of literary studies and its interdisciplinary challenges.

2. What relevance does this subject have in the current research debates?

The subject of emotion allows for analyzing literature from a perspective that takes into consideration questions of life, media, body and mind by linking these aspects to aesthetic concepts and critical discourses.

Dealing with emotions allows one to see literature as a practice while at the same time dealing with emotions in literature helps to understand human emotions.

3. What new perspectives does your book open up?

Until now the complex of emotion and literature has been mostly observed by analyzing receptive effects or rhetorical and semantic tools applied in the text. In addition to this approach, the book stresses the importance of emotions within the whole process of writing with its productive structural and receptive dimensions.

4. Who would you preferably like to discuss your book with?

Scholars, students and readers interested in new approaches to literature.

5. Your book in only one sentence:

An innovative discussion on the relation of literature and emotion with a special focus on the practice of writing.

Besprochen in:
literaturkritik.de, 8 (2017), Jan Süselbeck
Writing Emotions Theoretical Concepts and Selected Case Studies in Literature
transcript Verlag
kart., Klebebindung, 8 SW-Abbildungen
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24. Mai 2017
Literary Studies, Cultural Studies, Emotion Studies
Emotion, Literature, Writing, Practice, Aesthetic, General Literature Studies, British Studies, German Literature, Romance Studies, Literary Studies

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