Between East and West: Emotions in Non-Fictional Representations of the Individual (1600-1850)

Saturday, June 2, 2018
9:30 am - 1:00 pm, Royce Hall Conf/Seminar - - Herbert Morris Seminar Room 306

See below for additional information.


Free and open to the public. Advance registration requested.


Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies and CLARK LIBRARY
(310) 206-8552


Additional Information

The history of emotions in 18th-century Europe has often been charted concomitantly with the rise of fictional literature, notably the novel.

While this conference explores whether the individual self is represented in the same manner in “factual” sources as in fiction, it has two additional objectives: to investigate encounters with different sensibilities in what was then seen as the “Orient” or “the Far East," and to study the representations of emotions that stem from non-fictional texts from these very cultures.

In exploring the representation of the self and its relationship to passions and emotions both within the perspective of cultural encounters between East and West and within the specific genre of non-fictional accounts (testimonies, journals, memoirs, correspondences), we will be guided by such questions as:


  • Are passions personal or common?
  • Is the self their victim or their agent?
  • What terms are used for various feelings described?
  • What are the differences between East and West, between court and family, between men and women?
  • Is there a historical shift?
  • What dominant feelings characterize the writing self and how?


This conference is organized by Malina Stefanovska, University of California, Los Angeles, and Marie-Paule De Weerdt-Pilorge, Université François Rabelais de Tours.

The conference is co-sponsored by the FACE Foundation Partner University Fund, the UCLA Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies, and the UCLA Department of French and Francophone Studies.

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