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Elisabeth R. Anker


New Texts Out Now: Elisabeth Anker, Orgies of Feeling: Melodrama and the Politics of Freedom

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Elisabeth R. Anker, Orgies of Feeling: Melodrama and the Politics of Freedom. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Elisabeth Anker (EA): There are two answers to this question. The first is political: the idea for the book came out of anger at both the extensively violent response by the US to the 9/11 events, and the widespread support given to these operations by a vast majority of the US populace. I wondered why a narrative ...

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Elisabeth R. Anker


Elisabeth R. Anker is Assistant Professor of American Studies and Political Science at George Washington University. Her research and teaching interests are at the intersection of political theory, critical theory, cultural analysis, and media studies. She is the author of Orgies of Feeling: Melodramatic Politics and the Pursuit of Freedom (Duke, 2014) and is an Associate Editor for the journal Contemporary Political Theory.