Affective Worldmaking

Narrative Counterpublics of Gender and Sexuality

What makes up a public, what governs dominant discourses, and in which ways can counterpublics be created through narrative? This edited collection brings together essays on affect and narrative theory with a focus on the topics of gender and sexuality. It explores the power of narrative in literature, film, art, performance, and mass media, the construction of subjectivities of gender and sexuality, and the role of affect in times of crisis. By combining theoretical, literary, and analytical texts, the contributors offer methodological impulses and reflect on the possibilities and limitations of affect theory in cultural studies.

Overview Chapters

  1. Frontmatter

    Seiten 1 - 4
  2. Contents

    Seiten 5 - 8
  3. Foreword

    Seiten 9 - 12
  4. Introduction: Affective Worldmaking: Narrative Counterpublics of Gender and Sexuality

    Seiten 13 - 44
  5. Selected Poems

    Seiten 45 - 48
  6. Senses of Affective Worldmaking

    Affective Assemblages: Queer Worldmaking as Critically Reparative Reading

    Seiten 49 - 62
  7. What World is Made?: Gender and Affect in Three Life Moments

    Seiten 63 - 70
  8. Why Our Knees Kiss

    Seiten 71 - 74
  9. Affective Worldmaking in Times of Crisis: An Interview

    Seiten 75 - 84
  10. Affective Be/Longing: Redefining Public Spheres

    Textual Encounters of Hope and Be/Longing: Science Fiction and Trans Worldmaking

    Seiten 85 - 100
  11. Labor of Love and Other Stories: Post-Yugoslav Feminist Narratives and Artbased Practices

    Seiten 101 - 118
  12. Damir Arsenijević in Conversation with Šejla Šehabović

    Seiten 119 - 126
  13. "We need to imagine a new kind of woman": Narrating Identity in Postwar Women's Magazines in Japan, 1945-1955

    Seiten 127 - 138
  14. Notes on the Family Separation Narrative in American Literature: Uncle Tom's Cabin, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, and Lost Children Archive

    Seiten 139 - 148
  15. Counternarratives and Community Building

    Recognizing Better Selves: A Reparative Reading of Contemporary Bosnian-Herzegovinian Queer Literature

    Seiten 149 - 164
  16. Where are the Lesbian Rom-Coms? Building Reparative Narratives Through Fan Creativity

    Seiten 165 - 174
  17. Shaping Gender and Kinship Relationships in Recent Croatian Satirical Fiction

    Seiten 175 - 184
  18. Quick Media Feminisms and the Affective Worldmaking of Hashtag Activism

    Seiten 185 - 200
  19. Mediated Narratives as Companions

    Seiten 201 - 208
  20. "Plan B"

    Seiten 209 - 218
  21. Gender, Affect, and Politics: A Three-Part Radio Series

    Seiten 219 - 220
  22. Contributors

    Seiten 221 - 228
  23. Index

    Seiten 229 - 238
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16 March 2022, 238 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-6141-5

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Jana Aresin, Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Deutschland

Si Sophie Pages Whybrew

Si Sophie Pages Whybrew, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Österreich

Dijana Simic

Dijana Simic, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Österreich

1. Why did you choose this topic?

We are interested in understanding how narratives shape readers' worlds, how they challenge existing notions of gender and sexuality, and how they potentially generate a sense of belonging. Our work in this book is motivated by an attempt to theorize the dynamics that allow narratives to do something to and with us and to see how narratives in different genres (novels, newspapers, social media, theatre, film, and art installations) affect us in particular ways.

2. What new perspectives does your book offer?

This book introduces the concept of affective worldmaking which promotes a better understanding of the critical intersections between affect and narrative. Affective worldmaking is a concept that describes the ways in which narratives about cultural traditions, community practices, and kinship rituals shape audiences' sense of belonging. These are, however, not only individual responses; they also hold the potential to mobilize the formation of publics which cohere around a gendered belonging.

3. What makes your topic relevant for current research debates?

Questions concerning the cultural work gendered narratives do have a robust tradition in cultural studies. The queer feminist approaches at the foundation of the individual chapters' inquires bring together affect studies with narrative theory across different genres, media, and cultural contexts. This is also reflected on the level of the book's organization: the combination of critical analyses and creative texts facilitates novels insights into the affective power of narratives.

4. Choose one person you would like to discuss your book with!

Since so much about this book is motivated by our interest in what moves audiences and how they enter into a relationship with narratives: anybody who has felt a deep connection to narrative and is eager to share that experience!

5. Your book summary in one sentence:

»Affective Worldmaking« offers 18 different answers to the question how narratives about gender and sexuality generate multi-facetted senses of belonging.

Book title
Affective Worldmaking Narrative Counterpublics of Gender and Sexuality
transcript Verlag
kart., Dispersionsbindung, 8 SW-Abbildungen, 1 Farbabbildung
Commodity Group
SOC032000 LIT000000
Release date
16 March 2022
Kultur, Geschlecht, Literatur
Affect Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Literary Studies, Film Studies, Critical Theory
Narrative, Affect, Gender, Sexuality, Culture, Gender Studies, Literary Studies, Cultural Studies

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