Virtuality and Ernest Bloch: hope and subjectivity

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Ellis, D. and Tucker, I. 2011. Virtuality and Ernest Bloch: hope and subjectivity. Subjectivity. 4 (4), pp. 434-450.
AuthorsEllis, D. and Tucker, I.
Abstract

Theories of affect have become an increasingly popular tool with which to conceptualise and analyse subjectivity. Of particular interest to us in this article are expositions that have sought to bring to the forefront of analysis notions of excess and virtuality on the grounds that they bear fruit in relation to a potential politics of change.
Although contemporary notions of virtuality and excess are highly attractive, they also bring us to one of the more unsettling features of affect theory: How is it possible to suitably analyse the realms of virtuality and excess due to their non-representational qualities? To begin to address this problem, we explore process-oriented theories of virtuality in relation to the Marxist process theory of Ernst Bloch, and draw on the recent protest movements against cuts to Higher Education funding as an example of what we term ‘affective hope’, a concept indebted to Bloch’s notion of educated hope.

Keywordsaffect; hope; Bloch, Ernest; process philosophy
JournalSubjectivity
Journal citation4 (4), pp. 434-450
ISSN1755-635X
Year2011
Accepted author manuscript
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CC BY-ND
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10552/1488
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PrintDec 2011
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Deposited26 Mar 2012
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Ellis, D. and Tucker, I. (2012) ‘Virtuality and Ernest Bloch: hope and subjectivity’. Subjectivity, 4(4), 434-450. DOI: 10.1057/sub.2011.15.

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