Afterlives of Affect

Afterlives of Affect: Science, Religion, and an Edgewalker’s Spirit, by Matthew C. Watson ’03, was published in August by Duke University Press. The experimental ethnography considers the life and work of Linda Schele (1942–1998), artist and Maya hieroglyph expert, as a point of departure for what Watson calls an “excitable anthropology.” The book traces how Schele’s sense of joyous discovery and affective engagement with research led her to traverse and disrupt borders between religion, science, art, life, death, and history.