Digital Feeling

Adrienne Evans & Sarah Riley

This book offers a trailblazing account of postfeminist sensibility as a digital feeling. It explores how we feel when the digital has become intertwined with our intimate relationships to ourselves and to others. The book develops a novel approach that draws on feminist theories of affect, emotion, and structures of feeling, to analyse the entanglements of the digital and the non-digital, and the public and the private, and to show how good feeling shapes a contemporary moment that often leads us back to normativity and reproduces systemic inequality. Each chapter offers an original analysis of an assemblage of instances that provide a snapshot of our current emotional landscapes.

“This excellent book navigates through the ever-changing media landscape to understand postfeminism as a structure of feeling in a digital context. The impressive range of chapters theorize the contemporary affective and emotional postfeminist conjuncture, from social media to labour to bodies and intimate publics. This is a must-read for all in feminist media studies!”

—Sarah Banet-Weiser, Distinguished Professor, Annenberg University of Pennsylvania and Southern California.

“Postfeminism meets structures of feeling in this brilliant, original and readable book. Adrienne Evans and Sarah Riley have done it again. Not only do they elaborate a new concept of digital feeling, but they also work through numerous fascinating and up-to-date case studies from #fitspo to TubeCrush. I can’t wait to recommend this book to my students!”

—Rosalind Gill, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, University of London.

“Adrienne Evans and Sarah Riley engage deeply with theories of affect, gender, and culture, to provide a nuanced account of digital media. They discuss fascinating examples to illuminate new gendered “structures of feeling”. This book will be of great value to students and scholars of digital culture and feminism.”

—Amy Shields Dobson, Senior Lecturer in Digital and Social Media, Curtin University.

cover of Digital Feeling


Palgrave Macmillan, 2023





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