The "affective turn" is often viewed as a turn away from poststructuralism, in the belief that linguistic or constructivist models are incapable of accounting for the principally biological or materialist category of "affect." This article argues that affect is, however, central to deconstruction, notably to its conception of the political. For Derrida, the affectionate bonds that tie us to ourselves and to others are always accompanied by anxiety in the face of incalculable loss or destruction. This paradox has important implications for the "politics of deconstruction," considered here as an attempt to think through the structural contamination of affect and technics.
|Number of pages||27|
|Journal||Theory and Event|
|Early online date||20 Apr 2017|
|Publication status||Published - 20 Apr 2017|
- Centre for Humanities Health and Science