Lauren Berlant cruel optimism A relation of cruel optimism exists when something you desire is actually an obstacle to your flourishing. It might involve food. Yet, as Lauren Berlant argues in her recent work, attachments to optimistic fantasies can often become, well, cruel. Cruel Optimism turns its attention to scenes of. Teasing out the relation whereby ‘something you desire is actually an obstacle to your flourishing’ ( 1), Lauren Berlant’s brilliant book, Cruel Optimism.

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Two Girls, Fat and Thin 5. Berlant does not go into detail on how she selects the specific works she discusses in each chapter of the book, which also makes for an incredibly eclectic if at times disorienting archive.

It’s not that my love died, but that it has burned to a kind of Derridan cinder from the bellows of constant affront, and stoking it back up seems an awful lot of work.

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Instructions for requesting an electronic text on behalf of a student with disabilities are available here. Certainly not on the lower end of the economic spectrum, and all of a sudden you are focusing on your car, apartment, cell phone payments and supporting all these necessities have forced you out of planning the revolution.

It de-dramatizes the epic accomplishment of nailing my Berlant reading experience and capturing it for my catalogue.

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On page three of the introduction, I started making a list of novels and US television shows that answer to Berlant’s diagnosis of our fractured and intimate public sphere. Lots of brilliant theory, though the readings of art weren’t engaging so tended to skip them. Even Adorno, the great belittler of popular pleasures, can be aghast at the ease with which intellectuals shit on people optimiam hold to a dream.


Paperbackpages. Public address scholars have optimsim been concerned with the attendant modes of political engagement that work to negotiate the relationship between risk, probability, and knowledge in contingent situations. Other reviewers here seem to be dwelling on the work’s supposed pessimism Berla An absolutely religious, full-body experience. Buy this next payday.

What she isn’t as good at is saving her readers from a visceral sense of the precarious present, but that is part of the point. Some terms are explained later than one might expect in chapter six, but used throughout. This book made me stop smoking.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Sep 02, Jordany rated it it iptimism amazing Shelves: We start by asking what is cruel about cruel optimism and how it is related to attachment and temporality. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Maybe, when I’m rummaging through the almost entirely useless contents of optimisj “Derrida, Jacque” folder from four years ago, I’ll find a somehow useful misunderstanding that I had about him.

Jan 27, Lesliemae rated it did not like it. Cruel Optimism is also the company in California that will come spray paint your lawn green during water restrictions to keep your middle class yard looking good even when the well is drying up. Thanks to Hanna for suggesting this text. Cancel reply Enter your comment here Paragraphs often open with conjunctions, conjunctive adverbs, other signaling phrases: As always with Berlant, read the first and last chapter for the revelations, and wade into the middle sections depending on how invested you are in seeing her test out these ideas.

Cruel Optimism is a remarkable affective history of the present. I read this over the summer, but it’s probably more of a January thing.

Berlant’s Cruel Optimism Want to Read saving…. It won’t be Nero fiddling in our case, it will be someone in a visor watering their lawn with the last potable drops in the water table.


But we are fooling ourselves by thinking there is any benefit to pretending things will simply get better. Mar 17, Christopher rated it really liked it. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

And its primacy in culture colors everything: The second is on a particular scene—the end of the postwar good life fantasy and the rise of neoliberalism in the U.

Reading this book is an exciting theoretical experience but it also has a very practical, immediate, everyday quality. I developed a cruel optimistic relation with the book itself and with my process of reading theory in general, which the book generously gave me the tools to defuse.

You’re going to be distracted by thoughts of your own troubling attachments, which both give you the strength to live and prevent you from really living. Jan 08, Asa Wilder rated it it was amazing. Challenge is an odd concept because it is self-inflicted struggle, a non-lethal difficulty that is opt-in and can be called off at nearly any time.

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I still can’t get this image out of my head. No trivia or quizzes yet. It locates you at the knot that joins the personal and the impersonal, specifying you at the moment you have the least control over your own destiny and meaning.

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But what makes it cruel is different than what makes something merely disappointing. Aug 07, Becca rated it it was amazing.

The mode of argumentation is highly original and takes some getting used to.