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1. Establish key theoretical and historical contexts for the study of emotions & affects.
2. Apply these concepts and contexts in close analysis of course texts.
3. Consider emotion in the particular context of power, as revealed through critical theories of sexuality, race, gender, age, and the body.
4. Complete short exercises, discussions, and a final exam demonstrating proficiency in critical concepts in the study of emotions and textual analysis.
5. Hone presentation and creative thinking via individual and group work in class.
Each week will focus on a cultural text (a poem, novel, film, television show, or architectural space) and its portrayal of a central feeling: anger, grief, boredom, resentment, fear, disgust, envy.
Secondary readings provide key terms in the History of Emotions (emotives, emotional communities, affect, practice, emotional regimes and refuges) and explain relations of emotional expression and regulation. The course understands emotions as culturally and historically situated, evolving, and embodied. Explorations of emotion will be situated in terms of class, gender, culture, race, age, sexuality and religion.
This course is team taught and readings will shift each semester. Readings may include:
ME Braddon, Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens, Gustave Flaubert, Harriet Jacobs, James Baldwin, Edna O’Brien, Orhan Pamuk, Sally Rooney, Karin Fossum, Kamila Shamsie.
Television Series: Insecure, You’re the Worst, Great British Bake-off
Film: Selections from Bollywood and Theatre spaces
History of Emotions: Sianne Ngai, Sara Ahmed, William Reddy, Rob Boddice, Martha Nussbaum
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
|Seminar (or Webinar)||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Examination: Open Book Final exam||2 hour End of Trimester Exam||Yes||Graded||No||
|Continuous Assessment: Discussion Questions & Responses||Varies over the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Continuous Assessment: Short Writing Exercise||Unspecified||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback
After exam feedback will be offered. Feedback after short continuous assessment exercises will be offered.
|Dr Sarah Comyn||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Assoc Professor Sharae Deckard||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Professor Fionnuala Dillane||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Dr Katherine Fama||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Dr Chloe Green||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Assoc Professor Clare Hayes-Brady||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Assoc Professor Jorie Lagerwey||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Assoc Professor Anne Mulhall||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Dr Maria Stuart||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|