Feminism and Affect at the Scene of Argument: Beyond the Trope of the Angry Feminist (Hardcover)

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Are feminists really angry, unreasoning, man-haters who argue only from an emotional perspective as some claim? Does the incessant repetition of this trope make anti-feminism and misogyny a routine element in everyday speech? And does this repetition work towards delegitimizing feminist arguments and/or undermining feminist politics? How do skilled feminist writers deploy affect to advance feminist ideas? In "Feminism" "and Affect at the Scene of Argument, "Barbara Tomlinson addresses these questions, providing a lucid examination of the role of affect in feminist and antifeminist academic arguments.


Using case studies from controversies in socio-legal studies, musicology, and science studies, among other disciplines, Tomlinson examines the rhetorics of anger, contempt, betrayal, intensification, and ridicule. She employs a set of critical toolsOCofeminist OC socio-forensicOCO discursive analysisOCothat will prove indispensible for understanding and countering tropes like that of the angry feminist. Moreover, these tools will advance feminism, which, she argues, is generated in and by arguments with allies and antagonists.


In an era of debates that generate more heat than light, "Feminism ""and Affect" "at the Scene of Argument" offers a timely provocation for transforming the terms of reading and writing in scholarship and civic life.

About the Author

Barbara Tomlinson is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of Authors on Writing: Metaphors and Intellectual Labor. In 2009, she received the Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Praise For…

"This scholarly, original approach provides feminists with a viable means to 'turn hegemony on its head'; by using arguments designed to silence and ridicule them into arenas that reveal gendered power and its working, women can effect broad-ranging change. Summing Up: Highly recommended."
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Product Details
ISBN: 9781439902462
ISBN-10: 1439902461
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication Date: May 28th, 2010
Pages: 279
Language: English