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This article explores the melodramatic political and media dynamic in Amy Waldman's The Submission (2011) as an "orgy of feeling" – a process in which traumatic emotions are relocated and enhanced to ensure a sense of victimization – a concept used by Elisabeth Anker to describe how melodramatic political discourse can be effectively deployed to shape and influence collective political attitude. Bringing Anker's theory to bear on The Submission, this article argues that the novel is both andoi:10.5281/zenodo.4244352 fatcat:236orvxtbbdltec5jrvu7yepem