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Modernist Moods

What is the relationship between mood, being, perception and text? What effect does mood have on what we see and how we read? Do any particular moods seem to proliferate within modernist writing? How does mood manifest itself in modernist texts?

Proposals that deal with any of the above (or related) questions are welcomed. As are any which interact with the following paper abstract:

The theme of jealousy is well known to readers of In Search of Lost Time. For Proust, the intimacy of erotic desire cannot sustain itself without the driving force of jealous suspicion. The cynical, even warped, view of love that this portrays has been noted by many and the independent role of jealousy - the value of it as an epistemological tool - has been dissected by critics such as René Girard, J Hillis Miller and Malcolm Bowie. What will be suggested in this paper is something that builds on the insights of these theorists but from the altered perspective of Heideggerian philosophy. Heidegger provocatively argues that the history of Western philosophy has concerned itself with epistemology at the expense of ontology – the function of jealousy will be considered in these terms. That is to say, rather than operating as an epistemological tool, Proustian jealousy is a ‘mood’ which discloses being: it is an example of the ‘attunement’ required in the basic occurrence of Dasein. Inherently, this argument contains an assumption about the primacy of jealousy. Rather than being determined by a prior, more elemental instance of love, jealousy is an independent and autonomous emanation of original 'mood'. But jealousy also essentially distances the individual from the object of desire: so in the very instance of intimate connection with the world, the loved one is pushed away.

Conference Location: Brighton, UK
Conference Starts: August 29, 2013
Conference Ends: September 01, 2013

CFP Submission Deadline: March 14, 2013

For more information, contact: Dr Rex Ferguson

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