An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian by Ann Cvetkovich

By Ann Cvetkovich

In this daring new paintings of cultural feedback, Ann Cvetkovich develops a queer method of trauma. She argues for the significance of recognizing—and archiving—accounts of trauma that belong as a lot to the normal and daily as to the area of disaster. An Archive of emotions contends that the sphere of trauma stories, restricted through too strict a department among the general public and the non-public, has missed the stories of girls and queers. Rejecting the pathologizing understandings of trauma that permeate clinical and scientific discourses at the topic, Cvetkovich develops as an alternative a sex-positive strategy lacking even from such a lot feminist paintings on trauma. She demanding situations the sector to have interaction extra absolutely with sexual trauma and the big variety of emotions in its neighborhood, together with these linked to butch-femme intercourse and aids activism and caretaking. 

An Archive of emotions brings jointly oral histories from lesbian activists fascinated with act up/New York; readings of literature by way of Dorothy Allison, Leslie Feinberg, Cherríe 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 activism, functionality, and literature provide upward thrust to public cultures that 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 reports which have been driven to the peripheries of trauma tradition the defining ideas of a brand new development of sexual trauma—one within which trauma catalyzes the construction of cultural information and political communities.

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