I had to delete stories from my dissertation when people in the field thought

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and said “You better not be writing about the family.” I had to delete stories from my dissertation when people in the field thought their voices would be recognizable to others. Or academics object to fictocritical writing, which actively mixes composition and theory; they want their fiction kept separate so they can enjoy it and so they know how to think when they’re reading academic prose. For me, these are all aspects of the problematic of compositionality. I think the things that come up when you try to attend to the emergent, sedimented, or occluded come up because they are themselves in states of composition. This being-in-composition is what Raymond Williams meant by structures of feeling , and they are what we try to theorize as collective sense or the aesthetics of living with others. It’s active, but not rationalist about intention or consciousness. It’s all about tendencies reaching a point of expressivity and it can certainly take place as punctums—There it is! That’s it!—or condense into tense meanings brought forth through compositions of timing (jokes) or spread contagiously across worlds of practice or identity. It’s just not politically summarizable in the kind of language that sets itself up as a judge. People fear and hate the little judges because they interrupt the compositionality of the recognizable gesture, the field note, the sideways glance, or the academic text sidling up to worldly forms of knowing. References Agee, James, and Walker Evans. 2001. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: Three Tenant Families . Boston: Houghton Mifflin. Originally published in 1941. Merleau-Ponty, Maurice. 2002. Phenomenology of Perception . New York: Routledge. Originally published in 1945. Contributor Generated Metadata Published On July 20, 2017 Cite As Romero, Andrés and Austin Locke, Toby () . "Words in Worlds: An Interview with Kathleen Stewart." Dialogues, Cultural Anthropology website, July 20, 2017. - stewart Conversation Dialogues (/conversations/28-dialogues) Created By Andrés Romero Share (- stewart&t=Words%20in%20Worlds%3A%20An%20Interview%20with%20Kathleen%20Stewart) (? url=https%3A%2F%2Fculanth.org%2Ffieldsights%2F1160-words-in-worlds-an-interview-with-kathleen-stewart) (mailto:? subject=Check%20out%20this%20article%20on%20CulAnth&body=I%20just%20read%20this%20article%20on%20CulAnth%20and%20I%20wanted%20to%20share%20it%20with words-in-worlds-an-interview-with-kathleen-stewart) Comments Post a Comment Please log in or register (/login) to comment () () Copyright Notice (/pages/copyright)
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