Coming to Our Senses: Affect and an Order of Things for Global Culture by Dierdra Reber

Coming to Our Senses: Affect and an Order of Things for Global Culture

byDierdra Reber

Hardcover | February 2, 2016

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Coming to Our Senses positions affect, or feeling, as our new cultural compass, ordering the parameters and possibilities of what can be known. From Facebook "likes" to Coca-Cola "loves," from "emotional intelligence" in business to "emotional contagion" in social media, affect has displaced reason as the primary catalyst of global culture.

Through examples of feeling in the books, film, music, advertising, cultural criticism, and political discourse of the United States and Latin America, Reber shows how affect encourages the public to "reason" on the strength of sentiment alone. Well-being, represented by happiness and health, and ill-being, embodied by unhappiness and disease, form the two poles of our social judgment, whether in affirmation or critique. We must then reenvision contemporary politics as operating at the level of the feeling body, so we can better understand the physiological and epistemological conditions affirming our cultural status quo and contestatory strategies for emancipation.

About The Author

Dierdra Reber is assistant professor of Spanish at Emory University. Her essays on the cultural politics of Latin American film and fiction and the epistemology of global culture have appeared in Revista Iberoamericana, Modern Language Notes, Novel: A Forum on Fiction, Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, differences, and nonsi...

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Title:Coming to Our Senses: Affect and an Order of Things for Global CultureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pagesPublished:February 2, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231170521

ISBN - 13:9780231170529

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Table of Contents

Preface: Tracking the Feeling SomaAcknowledgmentsPrelude: Affective Contours of KnowledgeIntroduction: Headless CapitalismPart 1: The Feeling Soma1. The Feeling Soma: Humanity as a Singular "We"2. We Are the World: Sentient People and Planet in Sustainability DiscoursePart 2: Homeostatic Dynamics3. "Becoming well beings": Homeostatic Dynamics and the Metaphor of Health4. Legs, Love, and Life: The Affective Political Actor as a Well BeingConclusion: Affective BiopowerNotesWorks CitedIndex

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Coming to Our Senses is an exhilarating work, one whose erudition, verve, and span of cultural references and evidence make for fantastic reading. Reber is a rare example of a scholar who has the depth of knowledge and the creativity of perspective to apprehend cultural processes on a scale that handles interregional comparison with care and insight. In this and many other senses, Coming to Our Senses is a model of cutting-edge humanistic scholarship.