Spaces of Feeling: Affect and Awareness in Modernist Literature

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Cornell University Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.56 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Marta Figlerowicz is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and English at Yale University. She is the author of Flat Protagonists.


"I am impressed by Marta Figlerowicz's ability to put the writers she has chosen in the context of arguments about affect. Readers looking for subtle readings of major literary texts from the new 'spaces of feeling' will be delighted by this book."

--Carolyn Allen, author of Following Djuna

"Marta Figlerowicz is a careful and perceptive reader who shows us time and again that the language of feelings is misleading, that, for instance, grand avowals and fervent resolutions are just as likely to open a gap between the individual and the world as they are to restore harmony between the two."

--Allen Dunn , coeditor of Literary Aesthetics

"Spaces of Feeling explores the subjective interdependence and distributed cognition that we have come to associate with great works of modernist literature. But in place of a vision of realized connection and insight, Marta Figlerowicz describes knowledge gathered on the run, contingently and uncertainly. The achievement of this book is to show that self-awareness is always incomplete, and that such incompleteness is not a failure but is crucial to sustaining ethical relations with others. "

--Heather Love, University of Pennsylvania, author of Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History

"In this utterly original, riveting book, as much a work of philosophy as of literary criticism, Marta Figlerowicz unearths a sustained engagement on the part of Stevens, Plath, Ashbery, Woolf, Fitzgerald, Proust, Baldwin, and Ellison with the limits of introspective self-knowledge. This brilliant study is necessary reading for anyone working on feelings, affect, and emotion."

--Sianne Ngai, University of Chicago