AJS & The Transmission of Affect (Yoni Brafman)

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“Is there anyone who has not, at least once, walked into a room and “felt the Jewey atmosphere”? But if many have paused to wonder how they received this Jewey impression, and why it seemed both objective and certain, there is no record of their curiosity in the copious literature in group and crowd psychology, or in the psychological and psychoanalytic that claims that one person can feel another person’s Jewey feelings (and there is writing that does this, as we shall see).”

(With apologies to Teresa Brennan, Yoni Brafman won this year’s AJS with this little and seemingly late night little quip)

About zjb

Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish though and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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