Chapter 12 A Cartography of Boredom: Reading for Affectivity in Contemporary Poetry

In: The Culture of Boredom
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Kristiine Kikas
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Abstract

Having emerged from a research associated with reading for affectivity in poetry, and the question of the applicability of the method to critical inquiry as one concerned with the level of impersonal intensities, this chapter is an attempt at exemplifying how the Deleuzian/Zourabichvilian ‘affirmation of chance,’ in the form of an ‘irrational’ reading, could be useful in the enhancing of thought, and, through that practice exercise, what Rosi Braidotti calls an ‘affirmative ethics’—a notion central to posthumanist theory. The nonconformist method takes boredom as its object due to its ambiguous status and dogmatic reception both in- and outside the academic discourse.

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