Camilla Chams approaches attachment as a synonym for love, liking, affiliation. Attachment 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).
Emotions across Cultures and Languages
Literature is embedded in the particular, yet it also evokes «big» emotions. Our research investigates the tensions between states of feeling and levels of involvedness.
With this project, Stephan Guth seeks to take a deeper look into the foundational period of 'modernity' in the Middle East from the perspective of emerging subjectivity in its various aspects. A sub-project is Civilizing Emotions in the early modern Middle East.
Olivia Da Costa Fialho in her project develops the phenomenology, preconditions and underlying processes of how literary narrative fiction deepens and changes perceptions of self and others.
We say that literature can change your life. But is this statement supported by scientific evidence?
Camilla Chams, Francisco Pons and Karine P. Viana draw on developmental psychology and cognitive literary studies and investigate the mother-child attachment relationship in novels by Hanne Ørstavik and Elena Ferrante.