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Religion, Emotion, SensationAffect Theories and Theologies$
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Karen Bray and Stephen D. Moore

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780823285679

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823285679.001.0001

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Capitalism as Religion, Debt as Interface: Wearing the World as a Debt Garment

Capitalism as Religion, Debt as Interface: Wearing the World as a Debt Garment

(p.38) Capitalism as Religion, Debt as Interface: Wearing the World as a Debt Garment
Religion, Emotion, Sensation

Gregory J. Seigworth

Fordham University Press

Taking its lead from St. Francis of Assisi, this essay elaborates the theme of the “debt garment,” one that offers both the promise of recognition—that of one’s worldly belongingness to all other humans and nonhumans—and the threat of burdens that crush some more harshly than others, but whose weight all must carry. In a semi-secular-theological turn, the essay contends that credit/debt relationships make and unmake worlds. Threading together insights from a patchwork assemblage of sources, including M. T. Anderson’s YA novel Feed, current advancements in “wearable” technologies, St. Francis, Parrika, Benjamin, Nietzsche, Deleuze and Guattari (to name but a few), the essay explores the ethological and ecological web of debt and ultimately proffers an aesthetics of debt, whereby debt becomes not merely a garment worn, but both a gesture of promise for, and a threat to, other worlds.

Keywords:   affect theory, debt, Gilles Deleuze, St. Francis of Assisi, Félix Guattari

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