Tamas, Sophie. “My Imaginary Friend: Writing, Community, and Responsibility.”

Tamas, Sophie. "My Imaginary Friend: Writing, Community, and Responsibility." Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies, vol. 14, no. 4, 2014, pp. 369-73. Abstract: I have a problem with collaborative writing; the words themselves put me on edge. This piece follows the line of that affect down and through identity, agency, power, intimacy, responsibility, representation, and the … Continue reading Tamas, Sophie. “My Imaginary Friend: Writing, Community, and Responsibility.”

Panagia, Davide. “The Viewing Subject”

Panagia, Davide. The Political Life of Sensation. Durham And London, Duke University Press, 2009. To remember: in producing an effect of 'seeing,' the painting in question constitutes itself as a force, thereby distributing a series of visual effects (98). the self-referentiality of representation ... insists on an order of mimesis that is not likeness but intensity ... … Continue reading Panagia, Davide. “The Viewing Subject”

Barthes, Roland. Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography. [Part II]

Barthes, Roland. Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography. New York, Hill and Wang, 2010. Summary: In the second part of Camera Lucida, Barthes's reflection centers on his mother's absence/presence [in photographs] as a means to get to the noeme [essence] of photography. Through personal reflection and subjective observation, he sifts through studium to locate punctum. Furthermore, he casts … Continue reading Barthes, Roland. Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography. [Part II]

Mazzarella, William. “Affect: What is it Good for?”

Mazzarella, William. "Affect: What is it Good for?" Enchantments of Modernity: Empire, Nation, Globalization, edited by Saurabh Dube, London, Routledge, 2009, pp. 291-309. To remember: Even in its relatively untheorized invocations, affect carries tactile, sensuous, and perhaps also involuntary connotations (291). I write in the belief that only those ideas that compel our desire as … Continue reading Mazzarella, William. “Affect: What is it Good for?”

Massumi, Brian. “A Doing Done Through Me,” The Power at the End of the Economy

Massumi, Brian. The Power at the End of the Economy. Durham and London, Duke University Press, 2015. To remember: It is the act of choice that is autonomous, in the dissociative dimension of the dividual [individual absorbed in its relation to itself] ... Choice spills from the readiness potential of the subject's affective blind spot, … Continue reading Massumi, Brian. “A Doing Done Through Me,” The Power at the End of the Economy