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 sector of trauma stories, constrained by way of too strict a department among the general public and the non-public, has neglected the reviews 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 process lacking even from so much feminist paintings on trauma. She demanding situations the sector to interact extra absolutely with sexual trauma and the wide 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 inquisitive about act up/New York; readings of literature by means of Dorothy Allison, Leslie Feinberg, Cherríe Moraga, and Shani Mootoo; movies through Jean Carlomusto and Pratibha Parmar; and performances by means of Lisa Kron, Carmelita Tropicana, and the bands Le Tigre and Tribe eight. Cvetkovich finds how activism, functionality, and literature supply upward push to public cultures that paintings via trauma and rework the stipulations generating it. by way of taking a look heavily at connections among sexuality, trauma, and the construction of lesbian public cultures, Cvetkovich makes these studies which were driven to the peripheries of trauma tradition the defining rules of a brand new building of sexual trauma—one during which trauma catalyzes the construction of cultural records and political communities.

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