Egan, Kieran. “Ironic Understanding and Somatic Understanding”

Egan, Kieran. The Educated Mind: How Cognitive Tools Shape our Understanding, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1998. To remember: irony involves more than a perverse disguise of what might be better stated literally (137). It leads to a discussion of the kind of understanding that results from the breakdown or decay of general schemes ... … Continue reading Egan, Kieran. “Ironic Understanding and Somatic Understanding”

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”

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?”

Nelson, Julie D. An Unnecessary Divorce

Nelson, Julie. "An Unnecessary Divorce: Integrating the Study of Affect and Emotion in New Media." Composition Forum, vol. 34, 2016. Accessed 30 Aug. 2016. Abstract: Rhetoric and composition scholars’ almost exclusive reliance on Brian Massumi’s definition of affect has spurred a theoretical and practical divorce between “affect” and “emotion” in our field. This article returns … Continue reading Nelson, Julie D. An Unnecessary Divorce

Gibbs, Anna. “After Affect”

Gibbs, Anna. "After Affect: Sympathy, Synchrony, and Mimetic Communication." The Affect Theory Reader. Ed. Melissa Gregg and Gregory J. Seigworth. Durham & London: Duke University Press, 2010. 186-205. Print. Moments to remember: "mimetic communication [:] ... the corporeally based forms of imitation, both voluntary and involuntary ... involv[ing] the visceral level of affect contagion ... … Continue reading Gibbs, Anna. “After Affect”

Benjamin, Walter. “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”

Benjamin, Walter. "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction," in Illuminations, translated by Harry Zohn, 217-251. New York: Schocken Book, 1968. To remember: "Even the most perfect reproduction of a work of art is lacking in one element: its presence in time and space, its unique existence at the place where it … Continue reading Benjamin, Walter. “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”

Sedgwick, Eve. “Pedagogy of Buddhism”

Sedgwick, Eve. "Pedagogy of Buddhism." Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity. Durham & London: Duke University Press, 2003. 153-181. Print. To remember: Is it true that we can learn only when we are aware we are being taught? (153) Possibly we do not want to learn the lesson our cat is teaching. Here, in an affective … Continue reading Sedgwick, Eve. “Pedagogy of Buddhism”