Non-cognitive expressions of the life of the subject – feeling, motion, tactility, instinct, automatism, and sentience – have transformed how scholars understand subjectivity, agency and identity. This collection investigates the critical purchase of the idiom of affect in this ‘post-humanist’ thinking of the subject. It also explores political and ethical questions raised by the deployment of affect as a theoretical and artistic category.
Together the contributors to this collection map the theoretically heterogeneous field of post-humanist scholarship on affect, making inspiring, and at times surprising, connections between Spinoza’s and Tomkins’s theories of affect, the concept of affect and psychoanalysis, and affect and animal studies in art and literature. As a result, the concepts, vocabulary, compatibility, and attribution of affect are challenged and extended.
The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Angelaki.
1. Posthumanist Perspectives on Affect: Framing the Field
Gerda Roelvink and Magdalena Zolkos
2. Affective Ethologies: Monk Parakeets and Non-Human Inflections in Affect Theory
3. Mimesis as a Mode of Knowing: Vision and Movement in the Aesthetic Practice of Jean Painlevé
4. Losing Steam After Marx and Freud: On Entropy as the Horizon of the Community to Come
5. Insect Affects: The Big and Small of the Entomological Imagination in Childhood
Stephen Loo and Undine Sellbach
6. A War Long Forgotten: Feeling the Past in an English Country Village
Emma Waterton and Steve Watson
7. "My Name Is Danny": Indigenous Animation as Hyper-Realism
Jennifer L. Biddle
8. Affect: An Unworkable Concept
Maria Hynes and Scott Sharpe