5th session on Sianne Ngai’s Ugly Feelings (ch. Paranoia) and Juliana Spahr’s “Thrashing Seems Crazy”

September 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Please join us Thursday, September 12 for About a Bicycle’s fifth session on the Affective State. Continuing our conversations from before break, we’ll focus on one of the seven deadly affects, paranoia, from Sianne Ngai’s Ugly Feelings and also read Juliana Spahr’s poem “Thrashing Seems Crazy” from Responses. As a whole, Ugly Feelings very much intends to enable negative affects for political action – making something move outside of growing heads, minds, egos. Herein we discuss the gendering of paranoia in “conspiracy theory” thrillers, the political arena, avant-garde feminist poetry, and theory. For Ngai, paranoia signifies how the social subject thinks of himself outside or inside of the “system,” and finds himself safeguarded by this buffer. How can feminism recuperate this negative affect without reproducing androcentrism? AAB has explicitly stated how our “restriction on gender was originally decided upon to keep out the intellectual alpha male,” and we’re eager to discuss how this premise can be extended upon by Ngai’s undertakings.

Texts are available on the  schedule.

Meeting at  8:00 pm. See email for location details

much love and solidarity,

D&A

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