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Sequence and Transition: Eighteenth-Century Approaches to Emotion

Sequence and Transition: Eighteenth-Century Approaches to Emotion

Thursday 9th December 12.00 – 1.00pm
Via Zoom

Sequence and Transition: Eighteenth-Century Approaches to Emotion

Dr James Harriman-Smith, Newcastle University

Great art is about emotion. In the 18th century, and especially for the English stage, critics developed a sensitivity to both the passions of a performance and what they called ‘the transitions between those passions’. It was these pivotal transitions, scripted by authors and executed by actors, that could make King Lear beautiful and Hamlet terrifying. In this talk, Dr HarrimanSmith will discuss what we might take from accounts that valued the transitions between emotions, and so exemplified a way of thinking that considers emotions as part of a sequence with its own intervals and rates of change.

Dr James Harriman-Smith is a lecturer in Restauration and Eighteenthcentury Literature at Newcastle University. He is also one of the University’s public orators. He has published widely, in English and French, on theatre history, acting theory, and aesthetics. His first book on ‘Criticism, Performance, and the Passions’, was published by Cambridge University Press in March 2021.

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Cross-faculty Online Seminar Series on Animal and Human Emotions For more information contact Dr Carmen Hubbard at carmen.hubbard@ncl.ac.uk 

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences