Abu Ghraib images, 137– 38, 200– 201, 253
Adeline, Victim of Seduction (Pixérécourt),
73– 76
aff ect/aff ective states: in cultivation of
legitimacy, 117– 19, 131– 32, 134– 37,
283n20, 283n22; of debilitated agency,
133, 140, 150– 63, 176– 79, 226, 288n15,
288nn20– 22, 289n26; economies of,
285n50; in felt legitimacy, 113– 14, 133– 37;
generation by melodrama of, 133, 215;
identifi cation with victims and, 34– 35,
43– 46, 149– 53, 166, 288nn20– 22; work
of power in, 114. See also orgies of
feeling; unfreedom
aff ective facts, 135
the aff ective turn, 118
Aff ordable Care Act, 139
Af ghan i stan. See war in Af ghan i stan
Agamben, Giorgio, 29, 204, 208, 210,
216– 19, 299n45
agency. See debilitated agency
agency panic, 160
Ahmed, Sara, 272n56, 285n50
All Th at Heaven Allows, 30, 230– 42,
249– 53, 255; fantasy of liberal individu-
alism in, 235– 39, 302n22, 303n25;
Haynes’s remake of, 304n34; refraction
of failure in, 241– 42, 249– 51; violence of
social norms in, 232– 35, 238– 39
al- Qaeda, 164. See also terror/terrorism
Ambrose, Stephen, 278n79
American exceptionalism, 99
American melodrama, 26, 68, 77– 87,
277n56; adaptations of French works
in, 79– 80; in cold war– era po liti cal
discourse, 3, 9, 64, 88– 109, 278nn79– 80;
confl ation of democracy and liberalism
in, 77; contrast with jeremiad of,
82– 84; conventional moral vision in,
73, 76– 77, 87; early appearances of,
88, 278n75; formation of national
identity through, 85– 87; gender norms
in, 82; heroism in, 80– 84; liberal
individualism and self- reliance in,
77– 84; Locke’s conception of liberty in,
80– 81; nineteenth-century prominence
of, 78; racialized virtue in, 84– 87,
277n69
anticommunist discourse, 3, 89– 95, 98,
99– 100
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