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Lauren Berlant

08 Jul 2021 12:35 - 01 Jan 2022 07:48

    • Berlant wrote on public spheres as they affect worlds, where affect and emotion lead the way for belonging ahead of the modes of rational or deliberative thought
    • Berlant was a founding member of Feel Tank Chicago in 2002, a play on think tank.2
      • "feel tank" sounds awfully cringe to me. Still it suggests some other variations on the tank. Play Tank? Make Tank?
    • Affect Theory and the New Age of Anxiety | The New Yorker
      • Huh she called Trumpification in 2012...
      • "affect theory" or "the affective turn"...a bit hard for me to see this as a thing. People have emotions? So?
      • During the two-thousands, affect theory became one of the dominant paradigms of literary studies, and a bridge to other fields, notably social psychology, anthropology, and political theory. Scholars like Sara Ahmed, Sianne Ngai, and Ann Cvetkovich began exploring the emotional contours of life during increasingly precarious times.
      • In “Ugly Feelings” (2005), Ngai published a “bestiary of affects,” including animatedness, envy, irritation, paranoia, and the combination of shock and boredom that she called “stuplimity.”
        • Love the word...
      • Berlant roots her version of affect theory less in works of psychology than in works of Marxist thought, especially those of Raymond Williams, who, back in the nineteen-fifties, wrote of the “structure of feeling.” He was trying to describe how we come to agree on social or cultural conventions—the intuitive, pre-ideological sense a cohort has that one version of the future is feasible while another is not. Berlant, in turn, sought to chronicle “dramas of adjustment” that have overtaken the postwar, boom-time conceptions of the good life, and that might “force into being new recognitions of what a life is and ought to be.”
    • Another tribute On Lauren Berlant | Online Only | n+1
      • Friendship is without institution. That’s why it’s both easy and impossible to write about Lauren, whose expertise lay in mapping institutions for the purpose of evading them...Lauren Berlant’s writing resisted any genre to which you would assign it. It was genre-nonconforming.