Engaging: Attracting; Appealing; Enchanting; Connecting.
‘Enchantment is something that we encounter, that hits us, but it is also a comportment that can be fostered through deliberate strategies. One of these strategies might be to give greater expression to the sense of play, another to hone sensory receptivity to the marvellous specificity of things’ (Bennett 2001: 4).
‘sparkle is so ubiquitous in mainstream girls’ culture – and so absent in boys’ – it vies with pink as the primary signifier of youthful femininity. Thus, girlhood’s visual landscape, presented in far more subdued ways just 10 years ago, is now dominated by sparkly brilliance’ (Kearney 2015: 263).
‘To approach objects like stickers, Hello Kitty, and glitter solely in terms of their significations doesn’t tell us much about how they move girls or what happens affectively when they instead move boys or fail to move girls, what they do to bodies’
(Swindle 2011: 31).
Jane Bennett (2001) The Enchantment of Modern Life: Attachments, Crossings, and Ethics, Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Mary Celeste Kearney (2015) ‘Sparkle: luminosity and post-girl power media’, Continuum, Vol. 29, Issue 2, pp. 263-273.
Monica Swindle (2011) ‘Feeling Girl, Girling Feeling: An Examination of "Girl" as Affect’, Rhizomes, Issue 22.