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Mood and Trope: The Rhetoric and Poetics of Affect

John Brenkman


Starting from the fact that the emotions were conceptualized for the first time in Western thought by Aristotle in a treatise on rhetoric, Mood and Trope introduces two propositions into affect theory. First, affect can be studied with some precision in literature, especially poetry, because it resides there not in speaking about feelings but in the very speaking and way of speaking. Second, rhetoric and poetics are intrinsic, not supplemental, to emotions, affects, and passions. A quartet of modern philosophers known for their fundamental antagonisms—Kant and Nietzsche, Heidegger and Deleuze— ... More

Keywords: affect theory, Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, Gilles Deleuze, aesthetic theory, Charles Baudelaire, Percy Bysshe Shelley, emotions, Jorie Graham

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226673127
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226673431.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Brenkman, author
City University of New York Graduate Center