All the Feels: Affect Theory and Cultural Studies|
Spring 2020 not offered
ENGL 308, FGSS 314|
|Course Cluster: Queer Studies|
Butterflies in your chest. Perspiration on your upper lip. A racing heart. Every day we manage sensorial and embodied experiences; quite often these negotiations illuminate the ways in which powerful norms and institutions shape our daily lives. This course explores the relationship between the individualized experience of feeling and power by introducing students to the vibrant field of affect studies. A recent "turn" in critical theory, affect theory is interested in embodiment, the senses, and sensorial experience, questioning the dominance of rationality and cognition by exploring the role emotions and feelings play in our social worlds. This course will focus predominantly on affect theory as it emerged from queer, feminist, and racialized minoritarian discourses in order to, ultimately, contemplate the ways theories of affect, feeling, sensation, embodiment, and emotion open up literary and cultural texts.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CWRC)(ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)(FGSS)
Readings will include theoretical work by Brian Massumi, Eve Sedgwick, Sara Ahmed, Lauren Berlant, Heather Love, Sianne Ngai, Ann Cvetkovich, Jose Munoz, Michael Hardt, and others. Cultural texts will include Jhumpa Lahiri¿s Interpreter of Maladies, Claudia Rankine¿s Citizen, Beyonce¿s Lemonade, and episodes from Insecure, Brown Girls, and Shahs of Sunset.
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Assignments will include weekly response papers, one in-class presentation, semester-long blog project, and two critical analysis papers.
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