1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Gender and Affect

Edited By Todd W. Reeser Copyright 2023
    528 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    Chapter 18 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

    PART I

    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

    PART V

    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


    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.