David Need October 14th, 2013 on 11:12 am I have a long standing suspicion of straw man status of the romantic/romanticism in critical discourse of the last twenty years. Whatever the politics–and there are those who think melancholia is a form of loyalty/witness–its a critique of affect, and that is always part of a disciplinary agenda of some kind. Is the critique/ban on romanticism something one hears in Europe? I know in America its tied to the way we like to see ourselves as plain-spoken, classless (a double irony), and perhaps to MFA professionalization of “creative writing”. Doesn’t necessarily make for a better music or a better poetry. I use affect here instead of aura, because aura is so specular, and the specular is always utopian. But I may also mean something like interiority, or the interior disclosed as resonant by affect… we are not simply surfaces, some surfaces fold sufficiently, make hollows along the lines of surrounding shapes–sky, horizon, ball…