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

Fall 2005

ANT 394M • Affect

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
28885 M
10:00 AM-1:00 PM
EPS 1.130KA

Course Description

This is a reading seminar on theories of affect as force or 1) the capacity to affect and to be affected and 2) a vital point of emergence where the actual meets the potential. Culture, taken from the point of view of affect, is not structures and determinations but difference and flow. Its outlines have to be seen not as boundaries around a unity but as trajectories of potentiality and lines of flight. Binary oppositions and contradictions become resonating relations (of inside/outside, action/reaction, quiescence and arousal, &).

We will spend much of the semester reading Deleuze and works that applied his theories. But we will also read works by Freud that establish questions of affect and culture and recent case studies and ethnographies that try to apply questions of affect to studies of politics, the body, these senses, aesthetics, ethnicity, globalization, gender&.


Some Possible Readings: David Eng and David Kazanian. Loss. Avery Gordon. Keeping Good Time. Judith Butler. Precarious Life. Gorgio Agamben. Homo Sacer. Douglas Crimp. Melancholia and Moralism. Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. A Thousand Plateaus. Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. Anti-oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia. Lawrence Grossberg. We Gotta Get Out of this Place. (selections) Alphonso Lingis. Dangerous Emotions. (selections) Katherine Lutz and Lila Abu-Lughod. Language and the Politics of Emotion. (selections) Brian Massumi. A Users Guide to Capitalism and Schizophrenia Brian Massumi. Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation. (intro) Brian Massumi. The Politics of Fear. (intro) Bruce Robbins. Feeling Global in Feeling Global, pp. 78-95 Constantin Boudas. The Deleuze Reader (selections). 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) Eve Sedgwick. Epidemics of the Will Tendencies. Duke U.Press, 1993. Eve Sedgwick. Introduction to Novel Gazing. 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. Sigmund Freud. Mourning and Melancholia. Sianne Ngai. Jealous Schoolgirls, Single White Females, and Other Bad Examples: Rethinking Gender and Envy. Camera Obscura 47, volume 16, number 2, pp. 177-229. Kathleen Stewart and Susan Harding. Bad Endings: American Apocalypsis. Annual Reviews in Anthropology, 1999, 28, pp. 285-310.


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