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TitelBeyond “Tears and Moonshine”: Sympathy in the Long 18th Century
CFP: Beyond “Tears and Moonshine”: Sympathy in the Long 18th Century

American Comparative Literature Association
Seattle, March 26-29, 2015

‘Sympathy’ is a key term in two of the liveliest discourses of the eighteenth century. On the one hand it provides the underlying foundation of influential moral philosophies from Rousseau to leading figures of the Scottish Enlightenment. Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759), which traces all human morality back to sympathy, is the culmination of this trend in the moral sense tradition. On the other hand it is a principal term of contention on the battleground of theatrical practice and theory. From Lillo and Steele in England to Diderot and Beaumarchais in France, bourgeois drama was meant to elicit sympathy with the internal feelings of its protagonists as a distinguishing characteristic over and against the external affect of older baroque tragedies. The clearest enunciation of this new theatrical ideal comes from Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, whose famous maxim, “the most compassionate person is the best person,” embodies his defense of sympathy as the chief edifying aim of all tragedy. While sympathy provides the initial keystone of human morality for sentimentalist philosophy, it represents the final telos for sentimentalist theater. This seminar will investigate the debt of philosophers to dramatists, and vice-versa, in the rhetoric and mechanics of sympathy throughout the long eighteenth century.

This panel invites a wide range of submissions on any topic related to sympathy as it figures in Empfindsamkeit/sensibility, moral philosophy or moral sense theory, bourgeois tragedy, or 18th-century drama more broadly. Further ideas include, but are not limited to:

theories of sympathy, compassion, pity in any particular moral philosopher or aesthetic thinker
the action (and implied theory) of sympathy in any particular play or narrative
sympathy and sentiment (-alism)
sympathy and reason
sympathy and (vs.?) tragic pity
gender and sympathy
tolerance and sympathy
the politics of sympathy
specific media and the transmission of sympathy
sympathy across cultures (e.g., is German Mitleid different from English sympathy or French pitie?)

Seminar organizers: Ellwood Wiggins (University of Washington) and Tove Holmes (McGill University)

ACLA seminars are organized in workshop formats where groups of approximately eight to twelve participants convene for two hours each day of the conference. Participants should plan to attend each seminar meeting.

You can submit a paper proposal of 250 words plus a 50-word bio directly to the ACLA website

The extended deadline for paper submissions to the ACLA website is October 15th

Feel free to write to Tove Holmes ( and Ellwood Wiggins ( with any questions.

Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
PersonName: Tove Holmes 
Funktion: Assistant Professor of German Studies 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: McGill University 
Strasse/Postfach: 688 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 425 
Postleitzahl: H3A 3R1 
Stadt: Montreal 
SchlüsselbegriffeMethodologie / Wissenschaftsgeschichte; Semiotik (Text und Bild); Sprache in den Medien / Medienwissenschaft (Sprache in Massenmedien, Internet und Hypertext, Medienentwicklung); Sprache und Gesellschaft (Diskursanalyse, Ethnographie, Sprachkritik, Sprachplanung, Sprachpolitik); Sprachgeschichte (Sprachwandel, Idg., Germ., Ahd., Mhd., Frühnhd.); Sprachphilosophie / Kommunikationstheorie (Sprachtheorie, Sprachbegriffe); Literaturwissenschaft; Dramentheorie; Erzähltheorie; Genderforschung; Historische Semantik (Wissensgeschichte, Mentalitätsgeschichte, Ideengeschichte); Komparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft); Leserforschung; Literatur 1700 - 1770; Literatur 1770 - 1830; Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte; Literaturpsychologie; Literatursoziologie; Literaturtheorie: Klassiker; Rhetorik; Theater (Aufführungspraxis)
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