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The Transmission of Affect

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The idea that one can soak up someone else's depression or anxiety or sense the tension in a room is familiar. Indeed, phrases that capture this notion abound in the popular vernacular: "negative energy," "dumping," "you could cut the tension with a knife." The Transmission of Affect deals with the belief that the emotions and energies of one person or group can be absorbe ...more
Paperback, 227 pages
Published January 22nd 2004 by Cornell University Press (first published July 1st 2003)
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Fascinating intersection of feminist materialism, Kleinian psychoanalysis, and science to unpack the transmission and circulation of affect in crowds, between bodies (that are possibly unknown to each other). Particularly interested in olfaction here, the atmospheric, the diffuse, and Brennan positing that w/in group and societal divisions certain bodies (often other) are situated as dumps for negative affect.
////echogenic melancholy of the world burning hotter//////
jessi lee
Feb 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who want to think critically about boundaries & genetic determinism
this book is interesting to me.

she's talking, as one might guess, about affect and how feelings are transmitted between people. so it's all about physical bodies and feelings and relationships. and challenges to Freud. you can see why i picked it up. so far, it's been a provocative challenge to the idea of a naturally emotionally-bounded person (upon which psychoanalysis was founded). the author suggests that the construct of such is a defensive reaction to our discomfort with all of our emotion
Steen Ledet
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
An interesting study of affects and their histories. Excellent in how Brennan blurs the subject-object division, slightly too generalizing on the body's role and function.
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In hmolscience, Teresa Brennan (1952-2003) was an Australian-born American feminist philosopher and social-political theorist noted for her psychodynamic theories on how energetics applies to social issues, such as relations between men and women, theorizing on concepts such as the physics of social pressure.

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