- What is emotion? History and usage of the terms
- Ashamed of being Bulgarians? Shame and guilt as strategies of creating consciousness in the Bulgarian community in the 18th and the 19th c.
- Grief: Origin and Representations of crying in Bulgarian literature from the 18th and 19th c.
- Love – typology of an emotion in the European and the Bulgarian context
- Friendship between benefit, devotion and ideological brotherhood
- Joy and Laughter – a way to disarm and to fight. Bulgarian satirical press from the Ottoman time
- Fear from the other, fear for ourselves
- Emotions and letters – epistolary communication in Bulgarian culture from the 18th and 19th c.
- Emotions and “the woman question” in Bulgaria during the 19th c. joint seminar with the topic “Love geometry and mentorship”
- Travel and emotions
Fear from the other, fear for ourselves
The class will describe the theoretical background of the emotion of fear using western anthropological and philosophical sources. Then the students will receive texts that instruct the 19th c. reader of the possible attack by various figures of fearful others. We will analyze the reaction to the ethnic and religious other in Bulgarian culture and the expressions of fearlessness in the moment of sacrifice for a communal cause.
- Royer, Alphonse. The janissaries. A novel, translated by Ivan Bogorov. Tzarigrad, 1847;
- Voinikov, Dobri. Krivorazbranata tzivilizatsia. Drama, 1872.
- Жан Делюмо. Страхът в западния свят- XIV-XVIII век. София: Рива, 2002.
- Александрова, Надежда. Еничарите. Преплетени истории в османския контекст на XIX век. София: Изток-Запад, 2018. [Alexandrova, Nadzhda. Les janissaires. Entangled histories in the Ottoman context of the 19th c.];
- Robin, Corey. Fear – a history of a political idea. Oxford UP, 2004.