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Transferential Poetics, from Poe to Warhol$
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Adam Frank

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823262465

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823262465.001.0001

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Thinking Confusion: On the Compositional Aspect of Affect

Thinking Confusion: On the Compositional Aspect of Affect

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Transferential Poetics, from Poe to Warhol

Adam Frank

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines Gertrude Stein’s poetics of mistake by way of Silvan Tomkins’s understanding of the role of affects in perception and Melanie Klein’s notion of unconscious phantasy. It seeks to define the compositional aspect of affect, that is, the ways that affect and emotion help to compose psychic objects. The chapter describes Stein’s and Tomkins’s shared intellectual and historical affiliation with William James, and their interest in the role of confusion in perception. It reads parts of Tender Buttons to show how Stein and Klein participated in similar modernist projects, and concludes by arguing that confusion is both an expression of what Klein called envy and a defense against it.

Keywords:   affect, envy, phantasy, Gertrude Stein, Silvan Tomkins, Melanie Klein

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