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The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness


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1. The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness2. The Appeal of the Cute Object: Desire, Domestication, and Agency3. Cuteness and Control in Portal4. 'This Baby Sloth will Inspire You to Keep Going': Capital, Labor, and the Affective Power of Cute Animal Videos5. 'I'll be Dancin': American Soldiers, Cute YouTube Performances, and the Deployment of Soft Power in the War on Terror 6. Live Cuteness 24/7: Performing Boredom on Animal Live Streams7. When Awe Turns to Awww...: Jeff Koons's Balloon Dog and the Cute Sublime8. Cute 21st-Century Post-Fembots9. Designing Affection: On the Curious Case of Machine-Based Cuteness10. Soft and Hard: Accessible Masculinity, Celebrity, and Post-Millennial Cuteness11. Affective Marketing and the Kuteness of Kiddles12. Kittens, Farms, and Wild Pandas: The Impact of Cuteness in Adult Gamble-Play Media13. Under the Yolk of Consumption: Re-Envisioning the Cute as Consumable14. Ted, Wilfred, and the Guys: 21st-Century Masculinities, Raunch Culture, and the Affective Ambivalences of Cuteness

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Joshua Paul Dale has edited a special journal issue on Cute Studies and created an online bibliography for this emerging field. Dale teaches cultural studies at Tokyo Gakugei University.Joyce Goggin is a senior lecturer at the University of Amsterdam, where she teaches and conducts research in literature, film, television and media studies.Julia Leyda is Associate Professor of Film Studies in the Department of Art and Media Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. She is co-editor of Extreme Weather and Global Media (Routledge, 2015) and Post-Cinema: Theorizing 21st-Century Film (REFRAME, 2016).Anthony P. McIntyre is an Associate Lecturer in Film Studies at University College Dublin. He is currently finishing a monograph, Millennial Tensions: Generational Affect and Contemporary Screen Cultures. Diane Negra is the author, editor or co-editor of ten books. A member of the Royal Irish Academy, she serves as Professor of Film Studies and Screen Cultures and Head of Film Studies at University College Dublin. She is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Television and New Media.

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