March 4th, 2019 § 0 comments

Robert Gooding-Williams uses the term “skeptical melancholy” to describe the white/masculine Modern subject’s alienation from sensuous affect. I’ve talked about it here and here. “Receptivity” is the opposite of/cure for skeptical melancholy. It is the ability to be moved by something, and is required to perform similarly moving works. To be really brief and reductive, you could say that skeptical melancholy is the attunement only to propositional knowledge, whereas receptivity is the attunement to extra- or non-propositional knowledge (what musicologists call the “drastic”).

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