The Cultural Politics of Emotion


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The Cultural Politics of Emotion                                                                

-Lingnan University Master of Cultural Studies Programme

Instructor: Dr. Hui Po-keung

2013-14  term 2

 

Course Description

This course introduces to students the significance of boredom, fear, shame, despair, hope and love, as actual emotions and as ways of looking at the world, in contemporary societies. It discusses the histories of these emotions, as well as the consequences of the emerging culture of fear and boredom. Apart from encouraging students to examine their own experiences of these emotions, this course also draws on theoretical resources from the field of cultural studies and the field of affect studies. Specific attention will be put on the role of the mass media, political forces and commodity culture.
Aims and Objectives

  1. To introduce focused theoretical and practical tools drawing from the field of Cultural Studies for students to study and address current issues;
  2. To familiarize students with the critical perspectives needed for understanding that cultural matters are significant social and public issues through in-depth study of a particular theme.

 

 

 

SCHEDULE OF CLASS SESSIONS

1          The Affective Turn: Thinking through Emotion

Ahmed, Sara (2004): “Introduction: Feel Your Way,” The Cultural Politics of Emotion, New York: Routledge, pp.1-19.

Walkerdine, Valerie (2005): “Emotion”,  in Tony Bennett, Lawrence Grossberg and Meaghan Morris

eds. (2005), New Keywords — A Revised Vocabulary of Culture and Society, Blackwell Publishing, pp.  pp.102-104.

何春蕤、甯應斌(2012) :《民困愁城》,台北:台灣社會研究雜誌社,pp.33-50。

*Clough, Patricia (2010): “The affective turn: Political economy, biomedia and politics.” in Melissa Gregg and Gregory J. Seigworth eds., The Affect Theory reader, Durham and London: Duke University Press, pp.206-225.

*Clough, Patricia (2007): “Introduction”, in P. Clough and J. Halley eds. The Affective Turn: Theorizing the Social, Durham and London: Duke University Press, pp. 1-33.

*Grossberg, Lawrence (2009): “Postmodernity and Affect: All Dressed up with no Place to Go”, in J. Harding and E. D. Pribram eds. Emotions – A Cultural Studies Reader, London and NY: Routledge, pp.69-83.

*Harding, J. and E. D. Pribram (2009): “Introduction”,  in J. Harding and E. D. Pribram eds.

Emotions – A Cultural Studies Reader, London and NY: Routledge, pp.

*Tomkins Silvan (1995): “ What are Affects”, in Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and Adam Frank eds. Shame and Its Sisters – A Silvan Tomkins Reader, Durham and London: Duke University Press, pp. 33-74.

*Williams, Raymond (2009): “On Structure of Feeling”, in Jennifer Harding and E. Deidre Pribram eds. Emotions – A Cultural Studies Reader, London and NY: Routledge, pp.35-49.

 

2                      Experience without Qualities: Boredom in Everyday Life

Gardiner, Michael E. (2012): “Henri Lefebvre and the ‘Sociology of Boredom’”, Theory, Culture & Society, Vol. 29(2): 37-62

Salzani, Carlo (2009): “The Atrophy of Experience: Walter Benjamin and Boredom”, Critical Studies, No. 31, pp.127-154.

*Goodstein, Elizabeth (2005):  Experience without Qualities – Boredom and Modernity, Standford, California: Standford University Press.

*Silver, Dan (2010): “Boredom”, The Point Magazine, Issue 3, Fall 2010, http://www.thepointmag.com/2012/essays/boredom-3

*Silver, Daniel (2006): “Prolegemona to the Study of Boredom in Modern Societies,” paper prepared for the SSSA.

*Svendsen, Lars (2008): A Philosophy of Boredom, London: Beaktion Books, p.7-48.

*Recommended Readings

3                                  Culture of Anxiety, Fear, and Hate

Appadurai, Arjun (2009): “Fear of Small Numbers”, in Jennifer Harding and E. Deidre Pribram eds. Emotions – A Cultural Studies Reader, London and NY: Routledge, pp.235-250.

Sakecl, Renata (2004): On Anxiety, London and NY: Routledge, pp.49-71.

*Ahmed, Sara (2004): “The Affective Politics of Fear” and “The Organisation of Hate”, The Cultural Politics of Emotion, New York: Routledge, pp.62-81; pp.101-121.

*Furedi, Frank (2005): “Preface”, Culture of Fear Revisited, London and New York: Continuum, pp.vii-xii, pp.1-21.

*Svendsen, Lars (2008): A Philosophy of Fear, London: Beaktion Books, p.7-47.

* Tomkins Silvan (1995): “ Fear-Terror”, in Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and Adam Frank eds. Shame and Its Sisters – A Silvan Tomkins Reader, Durham and London: Duke University Press, pp. 235-240.

 

4                      Shame, Guilt, Anger and Resentment

Biddle, Jennifer (2009): “Shame”, in Jennifer Harding and E. Deidre Pribram eds. Emotions – A Cultural Studies Reader, London and NY: Routledge, pp.113-125.

Deleuze, Gilles (1983): Nietzsche and Philosophy, trans. Hugh Tomlinson, NY: Columbia University Press, pp.111-122. (中譯:吉爾‧德勒茲(2002)︰《尼采與哲學》,周穎、劉玉寧譯,北京︰社會科學文獻出版社,pp.163-181)

*Ahmed, Sara (2004): “Shame before Others”,  The Cultural Politics of Emotion, London and New York: Routledge, pp.101-121.

*Probyn, Elspeth (2010): “Writing Shame”, in Melissa Gregg and Gregory J. Seigworth eds., The Affect Theory reader, Durham and London: Duke University Press, pp.71-90.

*Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky and Adam Frank (1995): “Shame in the Cybernetic Fold: Reading Silvan Tomkins”, in Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and Adam Frank eds.  Shame and Its Sister – A Silvan Tomkins Reader, Durham & London: Duke U Press, pp.1-28.

*Tomkins Silvan (1995): “Shame-Humiliation and Contempt-Disgust”, “Anger”, in Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and Adam Frank eds. Shame and Its Sisters – A Silvan Tomkins Reader, Durham and London: Duke University Press, pp. 197-233.

 

5                      Melancholia and Depression

何春蕤、甯應斌(2012) :《民困愁城》,台北:台灣社會研究雜誌社,pp. 63-76; 113-125。

Cvetkovich, Ann (2012):  “Introduction”, in Depression – A Public Feeling, Durham & London: Duke U Press, pp. 154-202.

*Brown, Wendy (2000): “Resisting Left Melancholia”, in P. Gilroy, L. Grossberg, A. McRobbie eds., Without Guarantees: In Honour of Stuart Hall, London and New York: Verso, pp.21-29. (中譯:〈抗拒左派憂鬱〉,劉人鵬等編,張永靖譯,《憂鬱的文化政治》,台北:蜃樓,pp.139-153。)

*Cvetkovich, Ann (2012):  “Writing Depression – Acedia, History, and Medical Models”, in Depression – A Public Feeling, Durham and London: Duke University Press, pp. 85-114.

*Martin, E. (2007): “A Short History of Manic Depression,” in Bipolar Expeditions: Mania and Depression in American Culture, Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, pp.16-28, 291-295. (中譯:〈躁鬱簡史〉,楊雅婷譯,劉人鵬等編,《憂鬱的文化政治》,台北:蜃樓,pp.1-22。)

 

6                      Love, Hope and Happiness

Ahmed, Sara (2004): “In the Name of Love”,  The Cultural Politics of Emotion, London and New York: Routledge, pp.122-143.

Ahmed, Sara (2010): “Happy Objects”, The Promise of Happiness,  Durham and London: Duke University Press, pp.21-49.

Zournazi, mary (2002): “Navigating Movements – A Conversation with Brian Massumi”, Hope – New Philosophies for Change, London and New York: Routledge, pp. 210-242.

*Ahmed, Sara (2010): “Introduction” and “Conclusion”,  The Promise of Happiness,  Durham and London: Duke University Press, pp.1-20; pp.199-223.

*Jaggar, Alison M. (2009): “Love and Knowledge: Emotion in Feminist Epistemology,” in Jennifer Harding and E. Deidre Pribram eds. Emotions – A Cultural Studies Reader, London and NY: Routledge, pp. 50-68.

*Tomkins, Silvan (1995): “Interest-Excitement” and “Enjoyment-Joy” in Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and Adam Frank eds.  Shame and Its Sister – A Silvan Tomkins Reader, Durham and London: Duke University Press, pp.1-28.

*Zournazi, mary (2002): “Hope, Passion, Politics – A Conversation with Chantal Mouffe and Ernesto Laclau”, “‘On the Side of Life’ – Joy and the Capacity of being — Conversation with Ghassan Hage”, Hope – New Philosophies for Change, London and New York: Routledge, pp.122-171.

 

7          After Affect

何春蕤、甯應斌(2012) :《民困愁城》,台北:台灣社會研究雜誌社,pp.315-350。

Grossberg, Lawrence (2010): “Affect’s Future – Rediscovering the Virtual in the Actual”, in Melissa Gregg and Gregory J. Seigworth eds. The Affect Theory Reader, Durham and London: Duke University Press, pp.209-338.

*何春蕤 (2013): 〈性別治理與情感公民的形成〉,《新道德主義》,甯應斌編,台灣中壢:中央大學性別研究室,pp.211-232。

*Cvetkovich, Ann (2012):  “The Utopia of ordinary Habit: Crafting, Creativity, and Spiritual Practice”, in Depression – A Public Feeling, Durham and London: Duke University Press, pp. 154-202.

*Mckenzie, Jonathan (2008): “Governing Moods: Anxiety, Boredom, and the Ontological Overcoming of Politics in Heidegger,” Canadian Journal of Political Science, 41(3), September 2008, 569–585.

*Svendsen, Lars (2008): “Beyond Fear?” A Philosophy of Fear, London: Beaktion Books, pp.124-131.

*Svendsen, Lars (2008): “The Ethics of Boredom”, A Philosophy of Boredom, London: Beaktion Books, pp.133-152.