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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Spring 2009

ANT 325L • Ethnographies of Emotion-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
29930 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
eps 1.128

Course Description

This course will explore the ways in which shared emotions and sensibilities animate social and cultural life. Themes will include the vitality and volatility (whether good or bad) of cultural forms and forces, the ways in which everyday life is saturated with the impacts of such forces and their complex, shifting, and often incommensurate effects, forms of agency and subjectivity, the shifting and charged border between public and private realms, and forms of desire, expression, and embodiment.


(tentative) Selections from: Lawrence Grossberg. We Gotta Get Out of this Place. Alphonso Lingis. Dangerous Emotions. Katherine Lutz and Lila Abu-Lughod. Language and the Politics of Emotion. Bruce Robbins. Feeling Global in Feeling Global, pp. 78-95 Steven Shaviro. Doom Patrols. (selections) Steven Shaviro. Stranded in the Jungle. (selections) Tom Lutz. American Nervousness. (Intro) Rei Terada. Feeling in Theory. Harvard U. Press, 2001. (intro and conclusion) Thomas de Zangotita. The Numbing of the American Mind. Harpers Magazine, April 2002. Lewis Lapham. Leviathan Harpers Magazine, April 2002,pp. 7-11. Eve Sedgwick. Epidemics of the Will Tendencies. Duke U.Press, 1993. Christy Burns. Erasure: Alienation, Paranoia, and the Loss of Memory in the X-Files. Camera Obscura. 15.3 (2000) 195-224. Sigmund Freud. The Uncanny. Studies in Parapsychology. Collier Books, 1963, pp. 19-60. Kathleen Stewart and Susan Harding. Bad Endings: American Apocalypsis. Annual Reviews in Anthropology, 1999, 28, pp. 285-310.


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