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The Emotional Life of Postmodern Film

Affect Theory's Other

By Pansy Duncan

© 2016 – Routledge

242 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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Emotion and Postmodernism: is it possible to imagine an odder couple, stranger bedfellows, less bad company? The Emotional Life of Postmodern Film brings this unlikely pair into sustained dialogue, arguing that the interdisciplinary body of scholarship currently emerging under the rubric of "affect theory" may be unexpectedly enriched by an encounter with the field that has become its critical other. Across a series of radical re-reappraisals of canonical postmodern texts, from Fredric Jameson's Postmodernism to David Cronenberg's Crash, Duncan shows that the same postmodern archive that has proven resistant to strongly subject-based and object-oriented emotions, like anger and sadness, proves all too congenial to a series of idiosyncratic, borderline emotions, from knowingness, fascination and bewilderment to boredom and euphoria. The analysis of these emotions, in turn, promises to shake up scholarly consensus on two key counts. On the one hand, it will restructure our sense of the place and role of emotion in a critical enterprise that has long cast it as the stodgy, subjective sister of a supposedly more critically interesting and politically productive affect. On the other, it will transform our perception of postmodernism as a now-historical aesthetic and theoretical moment, teaching us to acknowledge more explicitly and to name more clearly the emotional life that energizes it.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Postmodernism and Emotion 1. Euphoria, Ecstasy, Sublimity: The Emotional Life of Postmodern Theory 2. Fascination: Between the Rough and the Glossy 3. Fear: Dead Subjects and Living Dolls 4. Bewilderment: The Ravaged Face of Postmodern Theory and Aesthetics 5. Boredom: Avant-Garde and Trash 6. Knowingness: Feeling Theory and its Other Restlessness: A Coda

About the Author

Pansy Duncan is Lecturer in the School of English and Media Studies at Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand, where she writes on media affect and aesthetics. Her articles have been published in a range of venues, including PMLA, Cultural Critique, Textual Practice, Screen, and Film Quarterly.

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Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
PER004000
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General
SOC052000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies