Lauren Berlant is George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor
of English at the University of Chicago. She is author of Cruel
Optimism and The Female Complaint, both also published
by Duke University Press.
Kathleen Stewart is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin, and author of Ordinary Affects, also published by Duke University Press.
"In Berlant and Stewart's hands, affect theory provides a way of
understanding the sensations and resignations of the present, the
normalized exhaustion that comes with life in the new economy. It
is a way of framing uniquely modern questions." -- Hua Hsu * The
New Yorker *
"The seemingly arbitrary parameters Berlant and Stewart put in place act out an illuminating thought experiment for the reader. . . . A haunting and thought-provoking read that asks readers to slow down and take stock of what is in front of them." -- Julia Shiota * Ploughshares *