Rousseau, Anger, and the Writing Self. Lecture by Patrick Coleman.
Thu, March 10, 2011 • 3:15 PM • Garrison Hall 4.100
From classical times into the modern age, having one’s anger taken seriously was a privilege of rank. Yet, the ability to over-come anger was also a mark of prestige for those who already enjoyed social or cultural recognition. By claiming a right to in-dignation warranted by sensibility alone, and by dramatizing both that anger and its transcendence as a way to gain recognition for the work of a writer of low social status, Rousseau marks a key turning-point in the cultural and literary history of the emotions.
Patrick Coleman is Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, and is currently Associate Director of the UCLA Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies. His books include Rousseau’s Political Imagination: Rule and Representation in the Lettre à d’Alembert (1984); Reparative Realism: Mourning and Modernity in the French Novel 1730 - 1830 (1998); and Anger, Gratitude, and the Enlightenment Writer (forthcoming 2011). Among his other works are English-language editions of Rousseau’s Confessions and Discourse on Inequality, and of Benjamin Constant’s Adolphe, as well as several co-edited volumes of critical essays.