Here is an interesting article about feelings and the way we are supposed to view how people read; and write. “….physical, imaginative reading is still associated with women, still considered embarrassing, and still employed as a form of resistance to mainstream narratives. ” (Wilson, 2016)
But …. “There is a new belief that objectivity in literary criticism is not only undesirable but impossible. Increasingly, graduate students are trained not to avoid saying ‘I feel…’, and to consider how their own bodily experiences, inflected by gender, race, sexuality and class, shape their interactions with literature” (Wilson, 2016)
Read the rest here: How a medieval mystic was the first creator of fanfiction: Full Body Reading https://aeon.co/essays/how-a-medieval-mystic-was-the-first-creator-of-fanfiction
An anthropology book, Taboo; Sex, identity and erotic subjectivity in anthropological field work , which I read a few years ago explores objectivity vs. subjectivity, and is critical of any wholesale rejection of feeling in ethnographic work. Jill Dubish quotes James Clifford in a chapter, “”Every version of an “other”, wherever it is found is also a construction of ‘self'” (1986;23) (1995; 47).Transfer this thought to the humanities and we might consider taking note of the less ‘academically’ minded self when thinking about any text we are be looking at. Mind and body are not separate things. This is fast becoming accepted and I will spend some time finding further articles to back this up if necessary – perhaps for reference in A5. Taboo was written in the 90s so these thoughts are not new or radical, but I have been told to write less emotionally here. Whilst I’m sure there are plenty in the field of anthropology as well as art criticism who are aghast at the inclusion of subjective writing, and there are bound to be any number of challenges to overcome, I’m not at all convinced that rejecting ‘feeling’ is valuable. All of this is certainly something I hope to continue reading about and exploring as I move forward.
Dubish, J (1995) Clifford, J (1986) Ed. Kulick, D. and Willson, M. (1995). Taboo. 1st ed. London: Routledge, p.47.
Aeon. (2016). How a medieval mystic was the first creator of fanfiction – Anna Wilson | Aeon Essays. [online] Available at: https://aeon.co/essays/how-a-medieval-mystic-was-the-first-creator-of-fanfiction [Accessed 13 Nov. 2016].