1st Edition

The Materiality of Love Essays on Affection and Cultural Practice

Edited By Anna Malinowska, Michael Gratzke Copyright 2018
    296 Pages
    by Routledge

    296 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Drawing on love studies and research in material cultures, this book seeks to re-examine love through materiality studies, especially their recent incarnations, new materialism and object-oriented philosophy, to spark a debate on the relationship between love, objects and forms of materializing affection. It focuses on love as a material form and traces connections between feelings and materiality, especially in relation to the changing notion of the material as marked by digital culture, as well as the developments in understanding the nature of non-human affect. It provides insight into how materiality, in its broadest sense, impacts the understanding of the meanings and practices of love today and reversely, how love contributes to the production and transformation of the material world. 

    Introduction: Love Matters

    Anna Malinowska and Michael Gratzke

    Part I: Material Love

    1. Love Materialism. Technologies of Feeling in the Post-Material World (An Interview)

    Dominic Pettman

    2. Love Among Objects: Poetry and Time in Light of the Phenomenology of Values

    Jacek Mydla

    3. Love is Tender: A Critical Approach to Pansexualism

    Julie Reshe

    Part II: Affective Connections. Materializing the Amorous

    4. Between the Covers: Couples Making Books Together as a Practice of Love

    Yvonne Clarke-Salt

    5.Overcoming Absence: From Love Letters to Skype

    Camilla Skovbjerg Padlam

    6.The Matter of Kissing

    Anna Malinowska 

    Part III: Objectified Amour: Representation and Social Practice

    7. The Rise and Fall of ‘Emotional Capitalism’: Consumerism and Materialities of Love in Dystopian Works by Thomas Melle, Leif Randt and Gary Shteyngart

    Michael Gratzke

    8. Reifying Innocence: Material Contexts of Love in The Age of Innocence and The Museum of Innocence

    Hulya Yagcioglu

    9.Organic Love: Reclaiming Solidity Through Nature and Farming

    Karolina Lebek

    10.(Dis)Affectionate Fetishism: Dispossessed Love in Othello and Late Modernity

    Adrian Howe

    Part IV: Affectionate Subjectivity

    11. Exploring Maternal Affective Investments: Mary Kelly’s Post-Partum Document (1973-79) and the Material Narrative of Love

    Justyna Wierzchowska

    12. The Amorous Frenzy of Things: Georges Bataille’s Basely Material Love

    Michał Krzykawski

    13. The Queer Love Life of Photo(n)s

    Tomasz Sikora

    Part V: Creating Forms of Love

    14. Embodied Soulmarks and Social Expectations: The Materialization of Ro


    Anna Malinowska is Assistant Professor in literary and cultural studies at the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures (IECL), University of Silesia, Poland.

    Michael Gratzke is Professor of German and Comparative Literature as well as Associate Dean for Research at the University of Hull, UK.