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1. Berlant, Lauren, The Queen of America Goes to Washington City: Essays on Sex and Citizenship (Durham: Duke University Press, 1997), 4.

2. Felski, Rita, The Uses of Literature (London: Blackwell, 2009), 19.

3. “Manifesto of the V21 Collective,” V21 Collective, http://v21collective.org/manifesto-of-the-v21-collective-ten-theses/ (accessed December 28, 2017). Amanda Anderson notes the odd absence of the hermeneutics of suspicion in the V21 Manifesto, which offers an almost entirely contrasting image of collective critical mood from Felski's, though in a sense it might not have been possible without the attention to mood Sedgwick initiated and Felski elaborated (Therapeutic Criticism,” NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction 50, no. 3 (2017): 321–28, 321). In PMLA’s March 2017 forum on Felski's, The Limits of Critique (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015), see especially Fuss, Diana, “But What About Love?” PMLA 132, no. 2 (2017): 352–55.

4. Flatley, Jonathan, Affective Mapping: Melancholia and the Politics of Modernism (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2008), 19.

5. Brennan, Teresa, The Transmission of Affect (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2004), 3.

6. See Leys, Ruth, The Ascent of Affect: Genealogy and Critique (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017), especially 18.

7. Gregg, Melissa and Seigworth, Gregory J., “An Inventory of Shimmers,” in The Affect Theory Reader, ed. and, Gregg Seigworth (Durham: Duke University Press, 2010), 4 (emphasis original).

8. Goldsmith, Steven, Blake's Agitation: Criticism and the Emotions (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013), 310. As Sianne Ngai and Lauren Berlant suggest, the reconfiguration of agency by affective shifts can serve to diagnose the social situations that engender affects without offering transformative potential. See Ngai, , Ugly Feelings (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2005); and Berlant. Even for Kathleen Stewart, who evokes with great nuance an “ordinary affect” that constitutes “a surging, a rubbing, a connection of some kind” that makes “the world … still tentative, charged, overwhelming, and alive,” nonetheless, this is not a good thing or a bad thing” (Ordinary Affects [Durham: Duke University Press, 2007], 128).

9. See Anderson, “Therapeutic Criticism,” 323.

10. Ablow, Rachel, Victorian Pain (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017), 116. See also Morgan, Benjamin, The Outward Mind: Materialist Aesthetics in Victorian Science and Literature (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017); and Taylor, Jesse Oak, The Sky of Our Manufacture: The London Fog in British Fiction from Dickens to Woolf (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2016).

11. See Levine, Caroline, Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015).

12. See Anderson, Amanda, Bleak Liberalism (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016), which makes an argument about the Victorian realist novel that resonates with Isobel Armstrong's account of the double poem in her Victorian Poetry: Poetry, Poetics, and Politics (London: Routledge, 1996).

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Victorian Literature and Culture
  • ISSN: 1060-1503
  • EISSN: 1470-1553
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