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American Affect in the Postmodern Era: A Primer
How is terrorism transformed into media entertainment? What is the connection between affirmative action and narcissism? Why has pathos become an endangered-perhaps an extinct-species in the contemporary American psyche? In American Affect in the Postmodern Era: A Primer, Steven Carter addresses these and other questions that have helped to define American popular culture ...more
Paperback, 142 pages
Published August 29th 2005 by Hamilton Books
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Dec 22, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
I am deeply indebted to Carter for introducing me to Don Delillo's White Noise, but the "primer" is chock full of philosophical and literary references that are worth following up on. In short, Carter holds the notion that American affect is blunt or stunted and the essays give various examples and themes on how this plays out. All the essays are impassioned, and Technology and Time, the first essay is worth the price of the whole book. Carter is convincing in his call to a return to feel, live, ...more