Tropes of Transport

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ISBN 978-0-8101-2784-5

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ISBN 978-0-8101-2785-2
Publication Date
February 2012
Page Count
296 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Tropes of Transport

Hegel and Emotion

Intervening in the multidisciplinary debate on emotion, Tropes of Transport offers a fresh analysis of Hegel’s work that becomes an important resource for Pahl’s cutting-edge theory of emotionality. If it is usually assumed that the sincerity of emotions and the force of affects depend on their immediacy, Pahl explores to what extent mediation—and therefore a certain degree of manipulation but also of sympathy—is constitutive of emotionality. Hegel serves as a particularly helpful interlocutor not only because he offers a sophisticated analysis of mediation, but also because, rather than locating emotion in the heart, he introduces impersonal tropes of transport, such as trembling, release, and shattering.
About the Author

Katrin Pahl is Assistant Professor of German at the Johns Hopkins University.