- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Duke University Press (12 November 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0822347768
- ISBN-13: 978-0822347767
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 23.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 499 g
- Customer Reviews: 9 customer ratings
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"As the first definitive collection of essays on affect studies, The Affect Theory Reader demonstrates how the affective turn in academia has been, and continues to be felt, throughout a variety of disciplines."--Marcie Bianco "Elevate Difference "
"While a reader of the book might be left less rather than more sure of what precisely constitutes 'affect theory', or even affect itself, s/he is nevertheless very likely to be moved by the range of both thought and affective styles that make up the volume and constitute what the editors call in the introduction, an 'inventory of shimmers' (p11). This incitement to 'more than discourse', the capacity 'to touch, to move, to mobilise readers' (p24) is exactly what one would hope for from a reader of affect theory, and is what the contributions that make up this collection indeed achieve."--Michael Goddard "New Formations "
"The Affect Theory Reader is unique. It gathers interesting and provocative articles on affect by well-known theorists and suggestively brings to expression the productive divergence between different philosophical and psychological positions on the subject."--Erin Manning, author of Politics of Touch: Sense, Movement, Sovereignty
"Written by some of the most interesting and important thinkers in the field, the essays in this superb collection prove how any serious consideration of culture and politics needs to involve serious attention to affect. The Affect Theory Reader covers remarkable ground: from the ontology of 'future threat' in Bush's preemptive politics to the management of workplace affects in the information economy; from the biology of human mimicry to attachments to promises of the 'good life' that often cruelly wear out economically precarious subjects. Thoughtfully curated and genuinely interdisciplinary, with contributors from fields ranging from media studies to geography, Melissa Gregg's and Gregory J. Seigworth's reader will be indispensable to anyone working in or adjacent to affect theory."--Sianne Ngai, author of Ugly Feelings
About the Author
Melissa Gregg works in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney in Australia. She is the author of Cultural Studies' Affective Voices.
Gregory J. Seigworth is a professor in communication and theater at Millersville University in Pennsylvania.
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The chapter "Cruel Optimism" by Lauren Berlant is especially brilliant, and the reader might want to start there.
That said, the prose can be tough going for the non-specialist, e.g., "Preemption's logical regress from actual fact makes for a disjointedness between its legitimating discourse and the objective content of the present context, which its affirmations ostensibly reference." But the reward is worth the struggle.