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 Senior Lecturer in English at the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Flinders University. He is also an Honorary Senior Fellow with the School of Communication and Arts at the University of Queensland. His research focuses on the Gothic, eighteenth-century literary representations of death ‒ especially suicide ‒ and associated emotions. He is also the author of 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 (2015): 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

‘Death’. In The Oxford Handbook of Samuel Johnson, edited by Jack Lynch. Oxford University Press (in press).

 ‘The Aesthetics of Terror and Horror: A Genealogy’. In The Cambridge History of the Gothic (vol 1), edited by Catherine Spooner, Dale Townshend and Angela Wright. Cambridge University Press (in press).

‘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.

Awards and Research Grants

2018: American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grant, for project ‘Suicide and Drama, 1750–1800’ acknowledging the variety of affective portrayals (and responses) that underwrote and shaped public opinion on both an individual and communal scale. (USD6,000).

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).