Mood and Trope: The Rhetoric and Poetics of Affect


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"John Brenkman's book addresses fundamental questions in modern aesthetics by folding the recent "affective turn" in critical theory back toward the "linguistic turn," against which it is usually opposed. His aim is to re-ground affect theory on the reflections of major modern philosophers (particularly Kant, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Deleuze) about sensation, feeling, emotion, mood, passion, and attunement, and to test those reflections through specific poetic works. Affect, Brenkman argues, can be studied with some ...

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