IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 111: The Performativity of Emotions: A Status Report on Methodology

Monday 10 July 2006, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Sonderforschungsbereich 'Kulturen des Performativen', Freie Universität Berlin
Organiser:Elke Koch, Sonderforschungsbereich 'Kulturen des Performativen', Freie Universität Berlin
Moderator/Chair:Andrea Sieber, Institut für Deutsche & Niederländische Philologie, Freie Universität Berlin
Paper 111-aRuling Bodies in the Chanson de Roland and in the Rolandslied
(Language: English)
Evamaria Heisler, Sonderforschungsbereich 'Kulturen des Performativen', Freie Universität Berlin
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - German, Political Thought, Social History
Paper 111-bMimetic Grief: Emotion Gestures as Symbol and Act
(Language: English)
Elke Koch, Sonderforschungsbereich 'Kulturen des Performativen', Freie Universität Berlin
Index terms: Anthropology, Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - German
Abstract

Medieval narrative texts do not reflect emotions as abstract concepts. Instead, they are utilized as forms of both verbal and non-verbal communication. Until recently there has been no adequate methodology for analysing the application of emotion in this context. However, the paradigm of performativity, which synthesizes concepts from speech act theory and performance theory, offers promising perspectives for investigation. An ongoing Berlin-based research project is exploring concepts related to performativity, such as ritualization, embodiment, or mise-en-scène, which permit a new understanding of emotional styles and their function in medieval literary texts. The session is designed to present and discuss the findings of the comparative research that has been accomplished since 1999.