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Public Spheres of Resonance

Constellations of Affect and Language, 1st Edition

Edited by Anne Fleig, Christian von Scheve


264 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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To understand the profound changes in the modes of public political debate over the past decade, this volume develops a new conception of public spheres as spaces of resonance emerging from the power of language to affect and to ascribe and instill collective emotion.

Political discourse is no longer confined to traditional media, but increasingly takes place in fragmented and digital public spheres. At the same time, the modes of political engagement have changed: discourse is said to increasingly rely on strategies of emotionalization and to be deeply affective at its core. This book meticulously shows how public spheres are rooted in the emotional, bodily, and affective dimensions of language, and how language – in its capacity to affect and to be affected – produces those dynamics of affective resonance that characterize contemporary forms of political debate. It brings together scholars from the humanities and social sciences and focuses on two fields of inquiry: publics, politics and media in Part I, and language and artistic inquiry in Part II. The thirteen chapters provide a balanced composition of theoretical and methodological considerations, focusing on highly illustrative case studies and on different artistic practices.

The volume is an indispensable source for researchers and postgraduate students in cultural studies, literary studies, sociology, and political science. It likewise appeals to practitioners seeking to develop an in-depth understanding of affect in contemporary political debate.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Public Spheres of Resonance – Constellations of Affect and Language

Anne Fleig, Christian von Scheve

2. It’s the Language, stupid!

Kathrin Röggla

Part I: Publics, Politics and Media

3. Affective Publics: Understanding the Dynamic Formation of Public Articulations Beyond the Public Sphere

Margreth Lünenborg

4. Resonant networks

Susanna Paasonen

5. A Sentimental Contract: Ambivalences of Affective Politics and Publics

Brigitte Bargetz

6. Rhythm, gestures and tones in public performances: Political mobilization and affective communication

Britta Timm Knudsen

7. Affective Dynamics of Public Discourse on Religious Recognition in Secular Societies

Christian von Scheve, Robert Walter-Jochum

Part II: Language and Artistic Practice

8. Put A Spell on You: Affect, Language and the Non-Linguistic

Anna Gibbs

9. German 'Sprechtheater' and the Transformation of Theatrical Public Spheres

Friederike Oberkrome, Hans Roth, Matthias Warstat

10. The Alphabet of Feeling Bad: Environmental Installations and Sensory Publics

Ann Cvetkovich

11. Affect and Accent: Public Spheres of Dissonance in the Writing of Yoko Tawada

Marion Acker, Anne Fleig, Matthias Lüthjohann

12. Affect(ive) Assemblages: Literary Worldmaking in Fatma Aydemir’s Ellbogen

Claudia Breger

13. Theory’s Affective Scene: Or, What to Do with Language after Affect

Michael Eng

About the Editors

Anne Fleig is Professor of Modern German Literature at Freie Universität Berlin.

Christian von Scheve is Professor of Sociology at Freie Universität Berlin.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Affective Societies

The Routledge Studies in Affective Societies book series presents high-level academic work on the social dimensions of human affectivity. It aims at shaping, consolidating and promoting a new understanding of societies as Affective Societies, accounting for the fundamental importance of affect and emotion for human coexistence in the mobile and networked worlds of the twenty-first century.

Series Editors:

Birgitt Röttger-Rössler is Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Doris Kolesch is Professor of Theater and Performance Studies at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Editorial Board:

Professor Jan Slaby, Professor Christian von Scheve, Professor Hubert Knoblauch, Dr. Kerstin Schankweiler, Dr. Katharina Metz

Routledge Editor:

Emily Briggs

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General