Talk Prof. Eric Cullhed (Lecture series)

Talk Prof. Eric Cullhed (Lecture series)

22.03.2022 12:15 – 13:15

Odysseus’ Urge to Cry and the Psychology of Weeping

The Greek hero Odysseus bursts into tears first at lunch and then again at dinner while listening to songs about the Trojan War on the island of the Phaeacians. Scholars no longer take issue with the repetitive structure of these two scenes in the Odyssey (8.83–95 and 521–24), nor do they reject their psychological verisimilitude; and yet, there appears to be no consensus on how to characterize the emotion that the poet implicitly attributes to the protagonist in this scene. I identify and examine seven conflicting answers to this question that have been put forward by scholars over the last two millennia and offer a new explanation. In the process I reflect on the overall interpretative challenge posed by tears in culturally distant verbal narratives in which co-occurring response components can only partially be surmised, and argue that the task requires us to examine our presuppositions about the appraisals that drive the urge to cry.


Bâtiment: Campus Biotech

H8.01. D

Organisé par

Centre interfacultaire en sciences affectives (CISA)


Eric Cullhed, Uppsala University

entrée libre


Catégorie: Séminaire

Mots clés: CISA, psychologie, emotion

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