Cruel Optimism turns its attention to scenes of everyday life and traces affective modes of adjustment and attenuation as a way of coping with the radical contingency of neoliberal crisis in hopes of creating new modes of habit or relation to the world. Cruel Optimism is also the company in California that will come spray paint your lawn green during water restrictions to keep your middle class yard looking good even when the well is drying up. Here's my reading-process memoir:
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Your Friend's First Name: Radical anti-normativity throws a lot of babies out with a lot of bathwater. Offering bold new ways of conceiving the present, Lauren Berlant describes the cruel optimism that has prevailed since the s, berlanr the social-democratic promise of the postwar period in the United States and Europe has retracted.
On Cruel Optimism
Permission to Photocopy coursepacks If you are requesting permission to photocopy material for classroom use, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center at copyright. Apr 15, Sean Donnelly rated it really liked it Shelves: For this is a book explicitly concerned with what happens when normative fantasy itself — the promise of the good life tethered not berlanf to the family but also to the state and to the liberal public sphere — begins slowly but quite visibly to erode in tandem with the destruction of the social institutions that once seemed to make it achievable, while nonetheless remaining an object from which people across social divisions cannot detach easily or without pain.
This new reading process attends to the content in front of me. A relation of cruel optimism exists when something you desire is cruuel an obstacle to your flourishing.
On Cruel Optimism – Social Text
Aesthetics plays a large part in this process. Cruel Optimism by Lauren Berlant. Optimisk traces this "attrition of a fantasy, a collectively invested form of life, the good life" through an diverse assortment of novels and films, masterfully weaving together her analysis of these art forms with an assessment of the present moment Occasionally, Duke University Press controls the rights to maps or other drawings.
The theoretical link between affect and the present mentioned above. Dec 08, ralowe rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nearly Utopian, Nearly Normal: The mode of argumentation is highly original and takes some getting used to. I read this over the summer, but it's probably more of a January thing.
That is, genre is a form that embodies affective contracts. In Chapter Two, Berlant, further advancing her marriage of Marxist and affect theory, makes surprising claims about how affect works.
It is rather an ambitious attempt to examine how subjects respond to continuing losses in an unambiguously political domain: Aug 24, David Dinaburg rated it it was amazing. Book titles OR Journal titles.
Cruel Optimism by Lauren Berlant
Aug 17, Dr. Really optimims in light of the global recession and diminished economic opportunities for already-marginalized people--the poor, the young, people of color, queer people, disabled people.
For these reasons, Cruel Optimism deserves praise beyond its general acclaim as a study of affect, for providing an affective methodology that engages with aesthetics and formal conventions. Refresh and try again.
Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Jul 12, Marie rated it liked it Shelves: Although the problem of rhetorical judgment has focused primarily on modes of reasoning within more exceptional contexts rather than the affective, ordinary, and everyday, Cruel Optimism perhaps demonstrates why rhetorical critics in particular are well-positioned to intervene berlanf a burgeoning interdisciplinary interest in affective politics.
This reading I was completely gripped.
Aug 29, Ryan rated it it was ok. Meritocratic upward mobility is dead already; for example, student loans foreclose the dreams of those without parental patrons from amassing wealth even with high academic degrees.
They are tragedies, comedies, satires, horrors: Quotes from Cruel Optimism. If I didn't understand the book, at least I learned, in the process of reading it, to be a more honest reader and scholar. After the Good Life, an Impasse: