Monthly Archives: March 2018

A critique of affect theory

Ruth Leys, The Ascent of Affect: Genealogy and Critique (University of Chicago Press, 2017) In this book Ruth Leys looks back at the history of the emotion sciences, including the debates between, on the one hand, Silvan S. Tomkins and … Continue reading

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Affect Studies, part 3

Of the remaining twelve chapters in The Affect Theory Reader, there are six that stand out to me. Lauren Berlant’s “Cruel Optimism” is one of the most cited pieces in affect studies, and the basis of her 2011 book of … Continue reading

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Affect Studies Part 2

I’ve finished The Affect Theory Reader and am feeling slightly less confused than last time I posted. I remain nonplussed by affect theory qua theory, but excited about affect studies as it pertains to specific affects. I could not explain … Continue reading

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Affect Studies, part 1

One of the annoying things about having a Ph.D. is that you’re supposed to now be capable of teaching yourself. I am trying to teach myself affect theory for a new project, and I would much rather take a class … Continue reading

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