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Arts and Rhetorics of Emotion in Early Modern Europe

 venus and adonis long

Benjamin West, Venus Lamenting the Death of Adonis, 1768 (retouched 1819).

© Carnegie Museum of Art

Date: 25-27 November, 2013.
Venue: The University of Queensland, Toowong Rowing Club (on the UQ campus),
             37 Keith St, St Lucia QLD 4067.
Register on-line here by 8 November 2013.
Enquiries to uqche@uq.edu.au or call (07) 3365-4913.

Keynote Speakers:
Dr Christopher Tilmouth, Peterhouse, University of Cambridge
Professor Vanessa Agnew, University of Michigan
Professor Lynn Enterline, Vanderbilt University

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This three-day research seminar will explore the active role of arts and rhetoric in conditioning emotional experience in Europe from 1500 - 1800.  Topics will include: rhetoric as a mode of discipline and self-fashioning; the institutional formation of artistic and rhetorical practices; and the emergence of new affective genres and technologies. 

The event brings together presenters from a range of fields, including literary criticism; drama and performace studies; intellectual history; art history; musicology; and cultural and political history.

The seminar will feature the first modern performance of Johann Christoph Pepusch's  Venus and Adonis, a 1715 masque with a libretto by Colley Cibber on Tuesday 26 November  (and Saturday 23 November) at the UQ Art Museum.

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