Sianne Ngai





Sianne Ngai



Sianne Ngai teaches American literature, specializing in twentieth-century culture and theory, poetry, film studies, and feminist studies. Her writing includes cultural criticism, such as Raw Matter: A Poetics of Disgust, Stuplimity: Shock and Boredom in Twentieth-Century Aesthetics, and Jealous Schoolgirls, Single White Females, and Other Bad Examples: Rethinking Gender and Envy. At the same time, Prof. Ngai is an experimental poet, and her books in this area include Criteria, My Novel, and Discredit. Her current book projects include Ugly Feelings: Literature, Affect, and Ideology.

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Ugly Feelings

4.24 avg rating — 137 ratings — published 2005 — 4 editions
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Our Aesthetic Categories: Z...

4.23 avg rating — 66 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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Criteria

3.75 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 1998
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Discredit

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My Novel

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 1994
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4.60 avg rating — 35 ratings — published 2001 — 2 editions
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4.33 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 2009
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“The asymmetry of power that cuteness revolves around is another compelling reminder of how aesthetic categories register social conflict. There can be no experience of any person or object as cute that does not somehow call up the subject’s sense of power over those who are less powerful. But, as Lori Merish underscores, the fact that the cute object seems capable of making an affective demand on the subject—a demand for care that the subject is culturally as well as biologically compelled to fulfill—is already a sign that “cute” does not just denote a static power differential, but rather a dynamic and complex power struggle.”
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“In this manner, The PJs insists that racism involves more than the mobilization of stereotypes, that in fact it extends far beyond matters of visual representation. While this is a relatively simple point, it nonetheless invites us to push beyond the prevailing methods in media studies, where a focus on analyzing stereotypes dominates the conversation about race to the extent that racism often becomes inadvertently reduced to bad representation, and antiracist politics are often depicted merely as a struggle over the content of specific images. Yet the struggles depicted on The PJs are rarely about imagery; indeed, in a culture where it is impossible to separate racism from class politics, the struggles remain lived and felt primarily in relations of power not visible at all.”
Sianne Ngai, Ugly Feelings

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