The Resource Ugly feelings, Sianne Ngai

Ugly feelings, Sianne Ngai

Label
Ugly feelings
Title
Ugly feelings
Statement of responsibility
Sianne Ngai
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Envy, irritation, paranoia -- in contrast to powerful and dynamic negative emotions like anger, these noncathartic states of feeling are associated with situations in which action is blocked or suspended. In her examination of the cultural forms to which these affects give rise, Sianne Ngai suggests that these minor and more politically ambiguous feelings become all the more suited for diagnosis the character of late modernity. Along with her inquiry into the aesthetics of unprestigious negative affects such as irritation, envy, and disgust, Ngai examines a racialized affect called "animatedness" and a paradoxical synthesis of shock and boredom called "stuplimity." She explores the politically equivocal work of these affective concepts in the cultural contexts where they seem most at stake, from academic feminist debates to the Harlem Renaissance, from late twentieth-century American poetry to Hollywood film and network television. Through readings of Herman Melville, Nella Larsen, Sigmund Freud, Alfred Hitchcock, Gertrude Stein, Ralph Ellison, John Yau, and Bruce Andrews, among others, Ngai shows how art turns to ugly feelings as a site for interrogating its own suspended agency in the affirmative culture of a market society, where art is tolerated as essentially unthreatening. Ngai mobilizes the aesthetics of ugly feelings to investigate not only ideological and representational dilemmas in literature -- with a particular focus on those inflected by gender and race -- but also blind spots in contemporary literary studies, media and cultural studies, feminist studies, and aesthetic theory
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ngai, Sianne
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS169.E48
LC item number
N45 2005
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Emotions in literature
  • American literature
  • Psychological fiction, American
  • Negativism in literature
  • Sex role in literature
  • Race in literature
Label
Ugly feelings, Sianne Ngai
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 357-405) and index
Contents
Tone -- Animatedness -- Envy -- Irritation -- Anxiety -- Stuplimity -- Paranoia -- Afterword : on disgust
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
viii, 422 p.
Isbn
9780674024090
Lccn
2004051133
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • 2410630-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)2410630
  • (Sirsi) o55981665
  • (OCoLC)61853314
Label
Ugly feelings, Sianne Ngai
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 357-405) and index
Contents
Tone -- Animatedness -- Envy -- Irritation -- Anxiety -- Stuplimity -- Paranoia -- Afterword : on disgust
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
viii, 422 p.
Isbn
9780674024090
Lccn
2004051133
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • 2410630-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)2410630
  • (Sirsi) o55981665
  • (OCoLC)61853314

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