Shame and Its Sisters: A Silvan Tomkins Reader
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 SistersUser Review - Jackmcintyre3 - Goodreads
In terms of psychoanalysis, Tomkin's ideas are way more plausible to me than Freud's. Read full review
Review: Shame and Its SistersUser Review - Lisa - Goodreads
Tomkins provides an account of an 'affect system' operating autonomously from any Freudian notion of sexual drives. In light of Foucault's debunking of a repressive hypothesis, Tomkins' work is particularly interesting for the unhinging of shame from sexual repression. Read full review