Ugly Feelings

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Harvard University Press, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 422 pages
Ngai mobilizes the aesthetics of unprestigious negative affects such as irritation, envy, and disgust to investigate not only ideological and representational dilemmas in literature--with a particular focus on those inflected by gender and race--but also blind spots in contemporary literary and cultural criticism. Her work maps a major intersection of literary studies, media and cultural studies, feminist studies, and aesthetic theory.
 

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A stunning book - as rigorous as it is original. No one who works in affect studies or literary theory today can afford to ignore it.

Contents

tone
38
animatedness
89
envy
126
irritation
174
anxiety
209
stuplimity
248
paranoia
298
on disgust
332
notes
357
Index
409
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