Workshop: Becoming Attached – Attachment’s Role in Literary Studies
Attachment may be taken as a synonym for love, liking, affiliation, and has recently been launched as a keyword for the humanities and for literary studies (Felski, 2008, 2015). In psychology, however, attachment is a more complex form of human relationship involving both cognitive and emotional development, and physical survival (Bowlby, 1979).
This workshop raises questions about how, and to what extent it makes sense to think of attachment as a form of aesthetic judgment, as a way of thinking how readers and writers engage with literature, and what literature possibly can teach us about the making and breaking of affectional bonds. Against this backdrop, the workshop looks into attachment’s role in literature, and literature’s role in attachment, and encourages inquiries into the meaning of the term attachment, and how it has been and might be used in relation to literary studies.
Everybody is welcome!
10:15 Welcome & Introduction
Moderator: Camilla Chams, Research Fellow in Comparative Literature, University of Oslo
10:30 Kay Young: ”We were together. I forget the rest: Attachment Theory and Literature”
11:00 Christian Refsum: Attachment and Vulnerability in Karl Ove Knausgård’s Spring
11:30 Hans Petter Blad: A Writer’s Attachment to his Own Work
Moderator: Karin Kukkonen, Professor in Comparative Literature, University of Oslo
13:00 Camilla Chams: What’s Writing Got to Do with It?
13:30 Karine Porpino Viana: Development of the Representations of the Mother-Child Attachment Relationship in Western Literature from 1945-2018
14:00 Benjamin Yazdan: Experience and Attachment in Tone Hødnebø’s poetry
Moderator: Kay Young, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara
This workshop has been organized in conjunction with the midway PhD assessment for Camilla Chams in the Department of Literature, Area Studies, and European Languages (ILOS) at the University of Oslo.
Kay Young is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a founding member and former director of the Literature and Mind Program at UCSB:
Christian Refsum is Professor in Comparative Literature in the Department of Literature, Area Studies, and European Languages (ILOS) at the University of Oslo, and a founding member of the research group Travelling Texts:
Hans Petter Blad is a Norwegian novelist, poet and playwright:
Karin Kukkonen is Professor in Comparative Literature in the Department of Literature, Area Studies, and European Languages (ILOS) at the University of Oslo, and the convenor of the research and educations initiative, Literature, Cognition and Emotions (LCE): https://www.hf.uio.no/ilos/english/people/aca/karinkuk/
Camilla Chams is a Research Fellow in Comparative Literature in the Department of Literature, Area Studies, and European Languages (ILOS) at the University of Oslo, and a member of the research group Literature, Cognition, and Emotions (LCE):
Karine Porpino Viana is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychology at the University of Oslo, and a member of the research group Emotion Understanding in Children across Cultures:
Benjamin Yazdan is a Film- and Literary critic for Klassekampen and BLA, and holds a Master in Comparative Literature from the University of Oslo: