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The Routledge Companion to Gender and Affect

Edited By

Todd W. Reeser

ISBN 9780367492014
Published December 30, 2022 by Routledge
528 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The study of affect is one of the most exciting and wide-ranging topics to have emerged in the humanities and social sciences in recent years and continues to generate research and debate. It has particularly important implications for the study of gender, as this outstanding handbook amply demonstrates. It is the most comprehensive volume to date, engaging with the intersections between gender and affect studies. A global and interdisciplinary range of contributors articulate the connections (and disconnections) between gender, sexuality, and affect in a range of geographical and historical contexts. Comprising over 40 chapters, the Companion is divided into six parts:

  • Affects of Gender,
  • Affective Relations, Relational Affects,
  • Affective Practices,
  • Representing Affects,
  • Geographical and Spatial Affects,
  • Affects of History, Histories of Affect.

Topics examined include intersections between gender and affect over topics including queerness, trans*, feminism, masculinity, race/ethnicity, disability, animality, media, posthumanism, technology, sound, labor, neoliberalism, protest, and temporality.

This is an outstanding collection that will be invaluable to scholars and students across a range of disciplines, including gender and sexuality studies, cultural studies, literature, media, and sociology.



Table of Contents


Affects of Gender 1

1 The Affect of Gender, the Gender of Affect

Todd W. Reeser

2 The Intense Germinal Influx: Affect as Engendering in Deleuze and Guattari

Claire Colebrook

3 Pussyhats and Women’s Marches: Affective Tension in Transnational Feminism

Katja May

4 Trans Negative Affect

Kadji Amin

5 Against Typologies: Affect and Masculinity Studies Jonathan A. Allan


Affective Relations, Relational Affects

6 “Routine Discombobulations”: Affect, Access, and Attention in Disability Encounters

Angela Marie Smith

7 Serena Williams and Anti-Black Woman Hate: Contempt, Love, Friendship, Shame

Shirley Anne Tate

8 [What Is an Asian American Style?]

Dan Wang

9 Affect and Gender-Based Violence: Event, Atmosphere, Memory

Lucas Gottzén

10 Brotherhood as Affective Disengagement: Male Loyalty from Family to Nation

Andreas Henriksson

11 Gender and Transport: Affective Structures and Practices

Dag Balkmar and Ulf Mellström

12 Greening Guilt: Gender and Sustainable Influencing

Jill E. Anderson

13 Thinking|Feeling Animality: Posthuman-Feminist Perspectives

Sharon Jane Mee

14 Military Masculinities and In/Human Affects

Chloe Diamond-Lenow


Affective Practices

15 Capitalizing Affect: On Masculinity and Neoliberalism

Steve Garlick

16 Two Modes of Corporate/Neoliberal Masculinity: The Founder and Silicon Valley Paul Elliott Johnson

17 “Next to Being”: The Biopolitics of Prison Visitation and the Senses of Justice

Haley Hvdson

18 Affective Pedagogies, and Pedagogies of Affect: Gender, Solidarity, and the Classroom in the Trigger Warning Debates

Natalie Kouri-Towe

19 Reimaging Affect in the Linguistics of Gender

Scott F. Kiesling and Sean Nonnenmacher

20 Thinking Affect (Back) into Oral History

Lindsey Dodd


Representing Affects

21 Feminist Aesthetics of Resistance

Sarah Cefai

22 From the Story of an Eye to a Cinema of Bodies

Jules O’Dwyer

23 Affective Justice: Raising the Dead in Trans* Archival Media

Eliza Steinbock

24 Mediating Gender and Affect through History

Brenton J. Malin

25 Queerness, Race, and Affect on “Peak Tumblr”: A Eulogy

Alexander Cho

26 Noisy Majority: Gender, Affect, and the Urban Soundscape

Andrija Filipović

27 The Reach of Excess through the Prism of Voice-Affect-Gender

Andrea Jonsson

28 Musical Affects, Gender, and Ethopoiesis: Mimesis as Performativity in Plato’s Republic

Daniel Villegas Vélez

29 Donald Trump Isn’t Laughing: Affect, Laughter, and Hegemonic Masculinity

Samuel T. Allen

30 The Poetics and Politics of Affect: Caroline Bergvall, M. NourbeSe Philip, and Rachel Zolf

Heather Milne

31 What Does the Body Know?: Dance as Affective Practice in the Exploration of the Embodiment of Gender

Tamara Borovica

32 Rehearsing a Cursi Commons: Receptivity, Defense, and Wonder

Caitlin Frances Bruce


Geographical and Spatial Affects

33 Queer Nightscapes: Touching Nightlife in Neoliberal Mexico

David Tenorio

34 Affective Witnessing of the Hijab: A Self-Inflicted Trauma

Mona Abdel-Fadil

35 Memorializing African Being and Becoming in the Atlantic World: Affective Herstories by Yaa Gyasi and Bernardine Evaristo

Caroline Koegler

36 Speculative Mattering: Affect and the Stone that Becomes Valuable in Deep Time

Charlie Yi Zhang


Affects of History, Histories of Affect

37 Queering Affects, Temporalities, and Histories

Jennifer Eun-Jung Row

38 Trans-Temporality: Hermeneutic Affect and Queer/Trans of Color Critique

Jacob Lau

39 Political Affect, Gender, and the Theater in Classical Athens

Afroditi Angelopoulou

40 Sticky Affect and Shifting Gender in Late Medieval England: The Making of the Shrew

Holly A. Crocker

41 Religious Affect, Gender Embodiment, and Renaissance Form

Stephen Spencer

42 The Philosophers Versus the Sponge: Feeling Early Modern

Katherine Ibbett

43 Toward a Feminist Fellow-Feeling: Affective Experiments in the Enlightenment

Tracy L. Rutler and Ryan J. Pilcher

44 Austen’s Women and the Errant Affect of the Early Novel

Stephen Ahern

45 Bad Investments?: Masculine Affective Economies in the French Restauration Novel

Giuseppina Mecchia

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Todd W. Reeser is Chair of the Department of French and Italian and Professor of French and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. His research treats questions of gender and sexuality in early modern and contemporary Europe and of theoretical approaches to masculinity. His books include Masculinities in Theory (2010); Setting Plato Straight: Translating Ancient Sexuality in the Renaissance (2016); and Queer Cinema in Contemporary France (2022), and he has published a series of articles on masculinity and affect.