Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke


263 Pages

ISBN 978-3-319-97267-1

Palgrave Studies in Affect Theory and Literary Criticism

Affect theory and literary critical practice

a feel for the text

Edited by

Stephen Ahern

Affect Theory and Literary Critical Practice develops new approaches to reading literature that are informed by the insights of scholars working in affect studies across many disciplines, with essays that consider works of fiction, drama, poetry and memoir ranging from the medieval to the postmodern. While building readings of representative texts, contributors reflect on the value of affect theory to literary critical practice, asking: what explanatory power is affect theory affording me here as a critic? what can the insightsof the theory help me do with a text? Contributors work to incorporate lines of theory not always read together, accounting for the affective intensities that circulate through texts and readers and tracing the operations of affectively charged social scripts. Drawing variously on queer, feminist and critical race theory and informed by ecocritical and new materialist sensibilities, essays in the volume share a critical practice founded in an ethics of relation and contribute to an emerging moment of postcritique.

Publication details

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-97268-8

Full citation:

Ahern, S. (ed) (2019). Affect theory and literary critical practice: a feel for the text, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

Table of Contents


Ahern Stephen


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The body in wonder

Kao Wan-Chuan


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(Non-)belief in things

Vallelly Neil


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Shame and its affects

Roberts Merrilees


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Glad animals

Sutherland Katherine G.


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Senses without names

Marsden Jill


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Feeling nature, reconsidered

Ottum Lisa


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