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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1321: Emotion and Illness

Wednesday 12 July 2006, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Karin Schlapbach, King's College, University of London / Universität Zürich
Moderator/Chair:Jennifer Ebbeler, Department of Classics, University of Texas, Austin
Paper 1321-aLove as Illness in the Late Antique and Byzantine Love Novel
(Language: English)
Ruth E. Harder, Klassisch-Philologisches Seminar, Universität Zürich
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Language and Literature - Greek
Paper 1321-bTheatre and Disease in Augustine and John Chrysostom
(Language: English)
Karin Schlapbach, King's College, University of London / Universität Zürich
Index terms: Language and Literature - Greek, Language and Literature - Latin, Performance Arts - General
Paper 1321-cThe Monks Affected: Vices as Diseases in John Cassian
(Language: English)
André-Louis Rey, Faculté des Lettres, Université de Genève
Index terms: Medicine, Monasticism

In the Latin and Greek literary writing of the late antique and Byzantine periods, emotion is often perceived as an illness, for instance when someone is in love, or when spectators in the theater participate in the emotions of the actors. But emotions also play a crucial role in dealing with disease: by consciously manipulating the emotional reaction to disease, the latter’s impact is converted from being a threat into a welcome challenge.
This complex situation raises two questions: To what extent is emotion (also) a physical phenomenon? And what role do the psychological and social dimensions play in the concept of illness, beyond the physical one?