A Cultural Studies Reader
Brings together some of the best examples of the work on emotions in cultural studies and related disciplines. This book differentiates between theoretical traditions and ways of understanding emotion in relation to culture, subjectivity and power, mapping an academic territory and providing an overview of cultural studies and studies of emotion.
"Emotions: A Cultural Studies Reader" brings together the best examples of recent and cutting-edge work on emotions in cultural studies and related disciplines. The book differentiates between theoretical traditions and ways of understanding emotion in relation to culture, subjectivity and power, thus mapping a new academic territory and providing a succinct overview of cultural studies as well as studies of emotion. The reader is divided into two parts: Part I contains key essays from the fields of cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, and history. These essays provide insights into how emotions are sociocultural phenomena, how they are culturally and historically specific, how they change over time, across cultures, and within societies, and how they participate in the production of power relations. Part II contains essays which illustrate core aspects of a cultural emotion studies. They adopt diverse perspectives, topics, and methodologies on emotions, offering new understandings of key themes taken up by cultural studies such as nation, the public sphere, popular culture, subjectivity, social identity, discourse, and power relations.; Together, they demonstrate what emotions 'do' and how they contribute to knowledge production. "Emotions: A Cultural Studies Reader" provides students with an essential overview of contemporary academic debate within the humanities and social sciences on the place of emotions in culture, as part of everyday individual, cultural, and political life.
Introduction PART ONE: DISCIPLINARY DEVELOPMENTS I. Culturalist Foundations Raymond Williams, "On Structure of Feeling." Alison M. Jaggar, "Love and Knowledge: Emotion in Feminist Epistemology." Lawrence Grossberg, "Postmodernity and Affect: All Dressed Up with No Place to Go." II. Contributions from Cultural Anthropology Michelle Z. Rosaldo, "Towards an Anthropology of Self and Feeling." Lila Abu-Lughod and Catherine A. Lutz, "Emotion, Discourse, and the Politics of Everyday Life." Jennifer Biddle, "Shame." III. Sociological Perspectives Virginia Oelsen and Deborah Bone, "Emotions in Rationalizing Organizations: Conceptual Notes from Professional Nursing in the USA." Simon J. Williams, "Modernity and the Emotions: Corporeal Reflections on the (Ir)rational." Ian Burkitt, "Powerful Emotions: Power, Government and Opposition in the 'War on Terror.'" IV. Historical Approaches Carol Z. Stearns, "'Lord Help Me Walk Humbly': Anger and Sadness In England and America, 1570-1750." Nancy Schnog, "Changing Emotions: Moods and the 19th Century American Woman Writer." Carolyn Kay Steedman, "Stories." PART TWO: CONSIDERING CULTURE Confounding Nationhood Arjun Appadurai, "Fear of Small Numbers." Sara Ahmed, "The Organization of Hate." Jennifer Harding, "Emotional Subjects: Language and Power in Refugee Narratives." V. Transforming the Public Lauren Berlant, "The Intimate Public Sphere." Michael Eric Dyson, "Does George W. Bush Care about Black People?" Elspeth Probyn, "Shaming Theory, Thinking Dis-Connections: Feminism and Reconciliation." VII. Popular Arts R. Darren Gobert, "Dramatic Catharsis, Freudian Hysteria and the 'Private Theatre' of Anna O." Linda Williams, "Melodrama Revised." E. Deidre Pribram, "Cold Comfort: Emotion, Television Detection Dramas, and Cold Case." VIII. Affecting Subjects Fatima Mernissi, "Scheherazade Goes West: Different Cultures, Different Harems." Denise Riley, "Malediction." Judith Butler, "Violence, Mourning, Politics."