The interruption: investigating subjectivation and affect

Leila Dawney

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This paper contributes to current debates concerning affect and the non representational subject by introducing the concept of the interruption as a means of exploring the politics both of experience and of the feeling body. By thinking about the way in which affect is theorised in Spinoza’s Ethics alongside a critique of the subject that draws on Foucault, I position the interruption as an event that elicits a mode of critique that enables an interrogation of both the sociality of affect and the somatisation of politics. This paper explores three events that I describe as interruptions, and demonstrates the utility and scope of such a concept.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)628-644
Number of pages17
JournalEnvironment and Planning D: Society and Space
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2013


  • Foucault
  • Spinoza
  • affect
  • experience
  • subjectivity
  • nonrepresentational theory
  • embodiment


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