Shame and Its Sisters: A Silvan Tomkins Reader
Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Adam Frank, Irving E. (NA) Alexander
Duke University Press, 1995 - Psychology - 268 pages
The question of affect is central to critical theory, psychology, politics, and the entire range of the humanities; but no discipline, including psychoanalysis, has offered a theory of affect that would be rich enough to account for the delicacy and power, the evanescence and durability, the bodily rootedness and the cultural variability of human emotion.
Silvan Tomkins (1911–1991) was one of the most radical and imaginative psychologists of the twentieth century. In Affect, Imagery, Consciousness, a four-volume work published over the last thirty years of his life, Tomkins developed an ambitious theory of affect steeped in cybernetics and systems theory as well as in psychoanalysis, ethology, and neuroscience. The implications of his conceptually daring and phenomenologically suggestive theory are only now—in the context of postmodernism—beginning to be understood. With Shame and Its Sisters, editors Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and Adam Frank make available for the first time an engaging and accessible selection of Tomkins’s work.
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Review: Shame and Its Sisters: A Silvan Tomkins ReaderUser Review - Ralowe Ampu - Goodreads
what i carry with me is silvan tomkins' feel for narrative. there's all these little stories of what brings about affect. later there are the scripts that our minds devise through our experiences for ... Read full review
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Like Freud (as described by the neuroscientist Gerald Edelman), Silvan Tomkins was "not doing science ... that was a mistake he made." What he *was* doing is practically unclassifiable: essayistic ...