Ann Cvetkovich's An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian PDF

By Ann Cvetkovich

ISBN-10: 0822330881

ISBN-13: 9780822330882

During this daring new paintings of cultural feedback, Ann Cvetkovich develops a queer method of trauma. She argues for the significance of spotting - and archiving - debts of trauma that belong as a lot to the standard and daily as to the area of disaster. Cvetkovich contends that the sphere of trauma reviews, constrained through too strict a department among the general public and the personal, has neglected the reviews of girls and queers. Rejecting the pathologizing understandings of trauma that permeate scientific and medical discourses at the topic, she develops in its place a sex-positive method lacking even from such a lot feminist paintings on trauma. "An Archive of Feelings" demanding situations the sphere to interact extra absolutely with sexual trauma and the big variety of emotions in its region, together with these linked to butch-femme intercourse and aids activism and caretaking."An Archive of Feelings" brings jointly oral histories from lesbian activists keen on act/up manhattan; readings of literature through Dorothy Allison, Leslie Feinberg, Cherrie Moraga, and Shani Mootoo; video clips via Jean Carlomusto and Pratibha Parmar; and, performances by means of Lisa Kron, Carmelita Tropicana, and the bands Le Tigre and Tribe eight. Cvetkovich unearths how those cultural formations - activism, functionality, and literature - provide upward thrust to public cultures that either paintings via trauma and rework the stipulations generating it. through having a look heavily at connections among sexuality, trauma, and the production of lesbian public cultures, Cvetkovich makes these studies which were driven to the peripheries of trauma tradition the defining ideas of a brand new building of sexual trauma - one within which trauma catalyzes the construction of cultural information and political groups. additionally of curiosity lady masulinity Judith Halberstam.

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A PTSD clinical diagnosis defines trauma as an overwhelming event that produces certain kinds of symptoms in the patient. Poststructuralist theory defines it as an event that is unrepresentable. I want to think about trauma as part of 1he affective language that describes life under capi­ talism. I'm interested ill how shock and injury l\te made socially mean· ingful, paradigmatic even, within cultural experience. l want to focus on how tnlUms and not ju�t clinical symptoms.

S. 17 The Holocaust offers validation or theory's applicability to concrete and pressing histori­ cal circumstances, and it serves as a compelling example that unrepre­ sentability and aporia can be integral to lived experience rather th:m the deconstruction of experience. Recognizing the significance of the Halo· 27 caust in this body of trauma theory is crucial to evaluating its historical specificity :and the possible limits of its applicability to other context<;, Yet even as the sites oftrauma explured here are not comp:anble to the Holocaust, they are certainly informed by Holocaust studies and mem­ ory.

I stand to the side and cry. Hard. I can feel . I can feel the bottom. It's clear to me now that everything in my life before has been a shadow. This is the only reality-what happened to my father and his parents fifty years ago It's not just the crematorium itself that affects her but the poignancy of her ailing father getting on with the business of survival in the midst of it. :lboring the sudden shock of an encounter with death, Lisa abruptly interrupts her story. ady. I don't know why I'm teUing you this.

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