Mixed Feelings: Feminism, Mass Culture, and Victorian Sensationalism

Mixed Feelings: Feminism, Mass Culture, and Victorian Sensationalism

by Ann Cvetkovich
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813518571

ISBN-13: 9780813518572

Pub. Date: 12/01/1992

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Arguing that affect has a history, Ann Cvetkovich challenges both nineteenth- and twentieth-century claims that the expression of feeling is naturally or intrinsically liberating or reactionary. The central focus of Mixed Feelings is the Victorian sensation novel, the fad genre of the 1860s, whose controversial popularity marks an important moment in the history of

…  See more details below

Overview

Arguing that affect has a history, Ann Cvetkovich challenges both nineteenth- and twentieth-century claims that the expression of feeling is naturally or intrinsically liberating or reactionary. The central focus of Mixed Feelings is the Victorian sensation novel, the fad genre of the 1860s, whose controversial popularity marks an important moment in the history of mass culture. Drawing on Marxist, feminist, and Foucauldian cultural theory, Cvetkovich investigates the sensation novel's power to produce emotional responses, its representation of social problems as affective ones, and the difficulties involved in assessing the genre as either reactionary or subversive. She is particularly concerned with the relation of gender and affect since many of the sensation novels were written by and for women, and women. By examining the powerful conjunction of ideologies of affect, gender, and mass culture, Cvetkovich reveals the powerful political effects of affective expression and sensational representations.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813518572
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
12/01/1992
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 8.66(h) x 0.60(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >