Theorising Emotion and Affect: feminist engagements

Kristyn Gorton

in Media Audiences

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780748624171
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670956 | DOI:
Theorising Emotion and Affect: feminist engagements

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This chapter focuses primarily on theorising the concepts of emotion and affect within feminist theory, however, the final sections works to bridge the gap between theorising emotion and studying it in relation to television and ethnography. This chapter considers central themes within feminist work on the concepts of emotion and affect such as: 'the personal is the political,' ;affective contagion,' language as affect,' and 'shame'. Drawing on several prominent theorists within the field of emotion research such as Sara Ahmed, Elspeth Probyn, Ann Cvetkovich, Denise Riley, Eve Sedgwick, and Anna Gibbs, this chapter offers a fundamental critique of the place of emotion in our everyday lives and the way in which affect works to inform and inspire action.

Keywords: Feminist concept of emotion and affect; Emotion and affect; The personal is the political; Affective contagion; Shame; melodrama

Chapter.  6842 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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