Hope and hopelessness: A dialogue

Lisa Duggan, José Esteban Muñoz

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    This article is a critical dialogue between Lisa Duggan and José Esteban Muñoz that meditates on questions of public feelings and politics. The authors approach hope and hopelessness as a dialectical formation, ultimately calling for both a critical modality of hope and insisting on the political necessity of engaging feelings of hopelessness that do not simply lead to complacency. The essay melds social theory with concepts from the psychological.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)275-283
    Number of pages9
    JournalWomen and Performance
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Jul 2009


    • Complacency
    • Depressive position
    • Ernst Bloch
    • Hope
    • Hopelessness
    • Melanie Klein
    • Paolo Virno
    • Paranoid/schizoid position
    • Public feelings
    • W.R. Bion

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Gender Studies
    • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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