Eric Parisot

Eric Parisot is an Associate Investigator (AI 2015, 2016) with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, and a lecturer at the Department of English, Creative Writing and Australian Studies, Flinders University. He is also an Adjunct Fellow with the School of Communication and Arts at the University of Queensland. His research focuses on eighteenth-century literary representations of death ‒ especially suicide ‒ and associated emotions, most recently culminating in his first book, Graveyard Poetry (Ashgate, 2013).

Contact

eric.parisot@flinders.edu.au

Research

Suicide: Emotions and Self-Destruction in Eighteenth-Century Britain

No Laughing Matter? Suicide and Comedy in Late Eighteenth-Century Britain

Relevant Publications

Books

Graveyard Poetry: Religion, Aesthetics and the Mid-Eighteenth-Century Poetic Condition. Series: British Literature in Context in the Long Eighteenth Century, ed. Jack Lynch. Farnham, Surrey; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2013.

Journal Articles
'George Colman’s The Suicide: A Tale of Two Manuscripts'. Huntington Library Quarterly (in press).

The Half-Mangled Narrator: The Violence of Psychic Dissection in William Godwin’s Caleb Williams’. Studies in the Literary Imagination 48.1 (Spring 2015)(2016): 17‒33.

'Living to Labour, Labouring to Love: The Problem of Suicide in Charlotte Smith’s Elegiac Sonnets'. In 'Romanticism and Suicide', edited by Nicole Reynolds and Michelle Faubert. Special issue, Literature Compass 12.12 (2015): 660–66.

'Suicide Notes and Popular Sensibility in the Eighteenth-Century British Press'. Eighteenth-Century Studies 47.3 (2014). 277–91.

'The Work of Feeling in James Hervey’s Meditations among the Tombs (1746)'. Parergon, 31.2, (2014). 121–36.

Book Chapters

‘Framing Suicidal Emotions in the English Popular Press, 1750–1780’. In Passions, Sympathy and Print Culture: Public Opinion and Emotional Authenticity in Eighteenth-Century Britain, edited by H. Kerr, D.Lemmings and R. Phiddian, pp. 183–202. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. Series: Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions, edited by David Lemmings and William M. Reddy. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Selected Presentations

Conference Paper: ‘Pity the Fool: The Reformative Emotions of Sentimental Comedy

Conference Paper: ‘The Case for Emotions Ecosystems (or “Emosystems”) in Cultural History’, Society for the History of Emotions conference ‘Emotions of Cultures/Cultures of Emotions: Comparative Perspectives’, The University of Western Australia, 11–13 December 2017.

Seminar presentation: 'Laughing at John Damer: The Reformative Ethics of George Colman's The Suicide, A Comedy (1778)', University of York, 29 November 2016;Queen Mary University of London, 1 December 2016.

Symposium Presentation: ‘Representing Suicide in the Age of Sensibility’, ‘Emotions, Media and History: Theory and Practice’ symposium, The University of Adelaide, 23 September 2016.

Conference presentation: ‘Love and Suicide in the Eighteenth-Century Sentimental Novel (or if lovin’ you is wrong then I don’t want to be)’, Romance Writers of Australia 25th Anniversary conference, Flinders University, Adelaide, 21 August 2016.

Conference paper: ‘A “very dangerous idea”: George Colman’s The Suicide, a Comedy (1778)’, Romantic Studies Association of Australasia (RSAA) Biennial Conference, The University of Melbourne, 25 July 2015.

Awards and Research Grants

2016: Huntington Library (USA) Fletcher Jones Foundation Fellowship, for project ‘Representing Suicide: Self-Destruction and Emotions in the Age of Sensibility’ acknowledging recent findings that recognise the integral role of the eighteenth-century print culture in changing perspectives of suicide. (USD3,000). 

2016: American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grant, for project ‘Representing Suicide: Self-Destruction and Emotions in the Age of Sensibility’ acknowledging recent findings that recognise the integral role of the eighteenth-century print culture in changing perspectives of suicide. (USD4,500). 

2015: Flinders University Medium Research Grant. To supplement CHE AI funds to travel to Huntington Library for archival research CHE funds for research project ‘No Laughing Matter? Suicide and Comedy in Late Eighteenth-Century Britain’. (AUD3000).