Literature and Emotions Conference – University of Copenhagen

March 24-25 2011

Section of Comparative Literature, University of Copenhagen

The impact of literary works on public debate and opinion largely depends on their capacity to arouse strong emotions in their audience. However, literary scholarship and criticism have too often neglected literature’s emotional power because affective responses to literature have been considered to be inferior to critical responses. 

The aim of the Literature and Emotions Conference is to reconsider the importance of literature’s emotional power by empirical investigation as well as by theoretical discussion.

The conference is funded by The Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation; The Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen; Familien Hede Nielsens Fond; and by The Goethe Institute in Copenhagen.

The conference is open to the public.