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The Politics of Passion

Reframing Affect and Emotion in Global Modernity


Dirk Wiemann and Lars Eckstein

The demise of the modern self-centred subject does not engender a waning but a politicisation of affect: The site of passion is now no longer the individual’s interiority but the contact zone of intersubjective encounters. The public and political status of the emotions thus becomes apparent, making visible how affects are embedded in and shaped by discursive regimes. Neither spontaneous nor overdetermined, passion is therefore not the «other» of reason but a deeply social energy that fuels political, cultural and everyday practices. The Politics of Passion combines theoretical reframings of affect and emotion in global modernity with analyses of concrete instances of politics of passion from above or from below. By including debates and struggles in Western, Asian and African contexts, the volume attends to the actual plurality of affective rationalities and politics beyond a Eurocentric framework.
Inhalt: Dirk Wiemann/Lars Eckstein: Introduction: Towards a Cultural Politics of Passion – Anke Bartels: «The East is Red»: The Politics of Mobilising Passion in the Chinese Cultural Revolution – Rüdiger Kunow: «Watching one another out of fear»: Affective Communities and Medical Emergencies in the United States – Shaswati Mazumdar: Representing the Indian Rebellion of 1857: The Politics of Passion in German Popular Fiction – Flaminia Nicora: Libyan Landscape: The Passion and the Politics of its Representations – Satish Poduval: Governmentality and the Enthusiasm for Democracy – Madhumeeta Sinha: Rereading «Draupadi»: Text, Intertext, Context – Dirk Wiemann: Undead or Immortal? Red Army Faction Afterlives – Tania Meyer: En/Countering Enlightenment: Staging Counter-Voices in Theatre Against Cultural Racism – Rajni Palriwala: Loving and Leaving: Single Parents in the Netherlands – Jörg Meyer: Making Peace with Passions? The Removal of Emotion and Affect from International Relations, and Some Perils of Bringing Them In – Lars Eckstein: Politics of Passion and the Production of Human Illegality.