Reading Feeling: Literature and Affect Theory

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K. Adkison

Course Long Title

Reading Feeling: Literature and Affect Theory

Cross Listed Courses


What does it mean to recognize the body as affectable? How might this recognition inform our understanding of power? How has affect contributed to the study of literature, and how might literature contribute to the study of affect? Students read literature of various genres side-by-side with the development of "affect theory." They trace the tendrils of feeling and emotion to some foundational roots in philosophy, psychology and psychoanalysis, and cognitive science, but the focus is on the affect theory that develops out of feminism, queer theory, and women of color- and queer of color-critique. Prerequisite(s): one 100-level English course. Recommended background: ENG 296.

Modes of Inquiry

Analysis and Critique [AC], Historical and Social Inquiry [HS]

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Class Restriction

Exclude First Years