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

By Ann Cvetkovich

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 normal and daily as to the area of disaster. Cvetkovich contends that the sector of trauma reviews, constrained via too strict a department among the general public and the non-public, has missed the reviews of girls and queers. Rejecting the pathologizing understandings of trauma that permeate scientific and scientific discourses at the topic, she develops as a substitute a sex-positive process lacking even from such a lot feminist paintings on trauma. "An Archive of Feelings" demanding situations the sector to have interaction extra totally with sexual trauma and the big variety of emotions in its area, together with these linked to butch-femme intercourse and aids activism and caretaking."An Archive of Feelings" brings jointly oral histories from lesbian activists thinking about act/up big apple; readings of literature via Dorothy Allison, Leslie Feinberg, Cherrie Moraga, and Shani Mootoo; video clips by way of 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 push to public cultures that either paintings via trauma and remodel the stipulations generating it. via having a look heavily at connections among sexuality, trauma, and the construction of lesbian public cultures, Cvetkovich makes these stories which were 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 groups. additionally of curiosity woman masulinity Judith Halberstam.

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I can feel my face contort, my lips pull back. In the gas chamber, my father stops to take his 2 :00 pill. This breaks my heart. 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.

Kron's efforts to grapple with the story of being the lesbian daughter of a father who is a survivor suggest that there are many Holocaust stories to be told, particularly as the original survivors die and the Holocaust liws on through intergen­ erational forms of transmission and testimony. :t. I thus look at lesbians who are A I D S activists and caretakers rather than themselves Hlv+. I look at the effects of colonialism on those who are immigrants to the United States or whose parents were, and at how migrations of all kinds are the scene for traumas of cultural diaspora.

The 37 eightee11th- and nineteenth-century genres of slave narrati\'e and sen­ timentnl novel, which sought l"O publicize: and mobilize political action arow1d slavery through accounts of individual experience, are valuable for trauma studies because their complex rhetorical strategies and modes of production are a reminder that there is no transparent representation of trauma nor any straightforward context of reception. •� This work unveils another version of insidi­ ous trauma, by tracking how contemporary experiences of �cism rest on the found:ation of traumatic events such as slavery, lynching, and ha­ rassment.

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