Uncomfortable Situations: Emotion Between Science And The Humanities by Daniel M. GrossUncomfortable Situations: Emotion Between Science And The Humanities by Daniel M. Gross

Uncomfortable Situations: Emotion Between Science And The Humanities

byDaniel M. Gross

Hardcover | August 28, 2017

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What is a hostile environment? How exactly can feelings be mixed? What on earth might it mean when someone writes that he was “happily situated” as a slave? The answers, of course, depend upon whom you ask.

Science and the humanities typically offer two different paradigms for thinking about emotion—the first rooted in brain and biology, the second in a social world. With rhetoric as a field guide, Uncomfortable Situations establishes common ground between these two paradigms, focusing on a theory of situated emotion. Daniel M. Gross anchors the argument in Charles Darwin, whose work on emotion has been misunderstood across the disciplines as it has been shoehorned into the perceived science-humanities divide. Then Gross turns to sentimental literature as the single best domain for studying emotional situations. There’s lost composure (Sterne), bearing up (Equiano), environmental hostility (Radcliffe), and feeling mixed (Austen). Rounding out the book, an epilogue written with ecological neuroscientist Stephanie Preston provides a different kind of cross-disciplinary collaboration. Uncomfortable Situations is a conciliatory work across science and the humanities—a groundbreaking model for future studies.
Daniel M. Gross is professor of English and director of composition at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of The Secret History of Emotion: From Aristotle’s Rhetoric to Modern Brain Science.
Title:Uncomfortable Situations: Emotion Between Science And The HumanitiesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:August 28, 2017Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:022648503X

ISBN - 13:9780226485034

Table of Contents

Introduction Uncomfortable Situations

Chapter 1 Defending the Humanities with Charles Darwin’s The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals

Chapter 2 Bearing Up in The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African

Chapter 3 Hostile Environments in Ann Radcliffe’s The Romance of the Forest

Chapter 4 Mixed Feelings in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility

Epilogue Irreconcilable Differences?
(With Stephanie Preston)


Editorial Reviews

“Gross’s Uncomfortable Situations is a superlative achievement of interdisciplinary scholarship. Uncompromising in its commitment to the literary and rhetorical humanities, Gross takes on board the latest research on the neuroscience of emotion and situated cognition and puts the two into productive, sometimes uncomfortable dialogue. The result is non-reductionist cognitive literary study of the highest order. It should be read by everyone with an interest in the history of the emotions, in eighteenth-century sentimental and Gothic literature, and in the ecological humanities.”