The introduction situates this volume into different theoretical and historiographical traditions. It starts by examining the meanings of performativity through a reading of Roland Barthes’s A Lover’s Discourse (1977), as his analysis of the utterance “I love you” perfectly illustrates the bodily effects of emotions. The next section moves on to discuss the theoretical grounding of the concept “emotional bodies,” linking the work on emotional practices as developed by anthropologists, cultural historians and sociologists such as Monique Scheer, Jo Labanyi, and Sarah Ahmed with the feminist materialism of Judith Butler and Karen Barad. Finally, the last section makes connections between chapters in different sections, highlighting the common ideas underpinning this book.
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