Desire After Affect

By (author) Marie-Luise Angerer Foreword by Patricia T. Clough Translated by Nicholas Grindell

Publication date:

21 November 2014

Length of book:

176 pages


Rowman & Littlefield International

ISBN-13: 9781783481309

Desire is a term often used in conjunction with the subject. This desire is directed towards the real, which is defined as the generic core of the linguistic order. As a result of the focus on affect, the three terms—desire, the subject, the real—have been fundamentally shaken up and called into question. Affect, in various forms, is now a matter of concern across a wide range of disciplines including neuroscience, psychology, the humanities, and social sciences. All of these fields have a declared interest in affect, in emotions and sensations, in pathos, passions, and the senses.

Desire After Affect argues that this affective euphoria cannot be explained solely in terms of a repression of language, logos, and reason. It argues that the affective turn is symptomatic of a fundamental shift in modes of thinking about the human condition. It explores what this means for the human and the posthuman, animal and machine, and calls for a new theory of subjectivation, a philosophy of media affect.
Desire After Affect offers a strong analysis how affect has been placed at the centre of posthuman theory. Angerer’s take is reflective, clear and inspiring in how it shows the nuances of the concept that marks a historical shift from psychoanalysis to neurosciences. The book is of high relevance to scholars in media, contemporary arts and cultural theory.