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Title: Sewing the ‘subversive thread of imagination’: Jeff Nuttall, Bomb Culture and the radical potential of affect
Authors: Whiteley, Gillian
Keywords: Jeff Nuttall
Happenings
Imagination
Affect
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis
Citation: WHITELEY, G., 2011. Sewing the ‘subversive thread of imagination’: Jeff Nuttall, Bomb Culture and the radical potential of affect. The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture, 4(2), pp. 109 - 133.
Abstract: This essay explores the intellectual biography and diverse artistic, literary and cultural production of Jeff Nuttall – a significant, if underacknowledged, figure on the British ‘underground’ scene in the Sixties. It argues that Nuttall played an important international role as a catalyst and co-ordinator of ‘countercultural’ events and activities through his involvement with small press publications, as an early instigator of ‘happenings’ and ‘performance art’ in the UK, and as a correspondent, networker and commentator. In particular, it addresses Nuttall’s understanding that ‘imagination’ and ‘affect’ could be allied with collective possibilities for emancipatory social change, as well as liberatory personal development. Finally, it briefly considers the currency of these ideas within the context of a new articulation of how a ‘politics of possibility’ may be informed by notions of embodied and transmitted affectivity.
Description: Closed access. This article was published in the journal, The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture [© Taylor & Francis] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17541328.2011.625198
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1080/17541328.2011.625198
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/12294
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17541328.2011.625198
ISSN: 1754-1328
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