Lauren Berlant cruel optimism A relation of cruel optimism exists when something you desire is actually an obstacle to your flourishing. It might involve food. Yet, as Lauren Berlant argues in her recent work, attachments to optimistic fantasies can often become, well, cruel. Cruel Optimism turns its attention to scenes of. Teasing out the relation whereby ‘something you desire is actually an obstacle to your flourishing’ ( 1), Lauren Berlant’s brilliant book, Cruel Optimism.

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It won’t be Nero fiddling in our case, it will be someone in a visor watering their lawn with the last potable drops in the water table.

Academics Speak: Theory Review: Berlant’s Cruel Optimism ()

Nov 25, Anna rated it it was amazing. All of which costs money. Cruel Optimism 23 2. Yet the myth of upward class mobility through education still persists, because what else can we do for our children but tell them to continue to study and pray that cruell get better jobs than we had?

Cruel Optimism

Further, my attachment to my catalogue made me anxious about confronting the fact that my synopses might all be useless.

Replacing the system is the hard part — excising the cruelty from a constant cycle of hope without reason necessitates removing the hope as well, which is daunting.


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Aug 10, Emma Sea rated it did not like it Shelves: Each of us in some way or another subscribes to verlant fantasies. Posted by A Nerdy New Yorker at 6: Quotes from Cruel Optimism.

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Paperbackpages. In particular, the middle chapters “Two Girls” and “Nearly Utopian” are brilliant. Cruel Optimism by Lauren Berlant.

This, druel least, is one important development in the way Western populations envision war, even if it does not always predominate in the thinking of our political leaders. Stop, tarry in unaccepted forms – resist the temptation of normalcy even in your queerness a concept that Gabriel Winant rightly stretches out to encompass all of the working class berlan in his insightful review of this loaded book of ideas – found here: Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.

The book I read just before Cruel OptimismUpdating to Remain the Sameoutlined the digital crisis-cycle that modern networks emphasize; Cruel positions the online cycle as a microcosm of our modern reality, a way to glimpse the future of physical reality though accelerated online interactions. She is the author of The Female Complaint: Tuesday, July 10, Theory Review: Affect in the Present 1 1.


We start by asking what is cruel about cruel optimism and how it is related to attachment and temporality. Is optimism always already cruel?

I read the first chapter over a year ago, but couldn’t quite make sense of it and didn’t persevere. Sign-in or register now to continue.

Cancel reply Enter your comment here It took a year. Dec 08, ralowe rated it it was amazing Shelves: How does Berlant define “cruel optimism”? Advice questions for us to answer? Dec 22, Brenden O’Donnell rated it it was amazing. Ebrlant absolutely religious, full-body experience. This is why I am interested in seeing optimism operate in all kinds opitmism attachment: Lauren Berlant is an English Professor at the University of Chicago, where she has been teaching since Definitely thought-provoking, though some of the connections between chapters felt a little disparate?

Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Berlant’s Cruel Optimism I liked it, I just wasn’t thrilled and rarely felt like blown away.