READING NOTES: Affect Theory Reader

Sara Ahmed essay, Happy Objects

pg. 36 quoting Anna Gibbs:

“Bodies can catch feelings as easily as catch fire:  affect leaps from one body to another, evoking tenderness, inciting shame, igniting rage, exciting fear — in short, communicable affect can inflame nerves and muscles in a conflagration of every conceivable kind of passion”

pg. 39

“Power speaks here in this moment of hesitation.  Do you go along with it?  What does it mean not to go along with it?  To create awkwardness is to be read as being awkward.  Maintaining public comfort requires that certain bodies “go along with it,” to agree to where you are placed.  To refuse to be placed would mean to be seen as trouble, as causing discomfort for others.”