An Archive of Feelings brings together oral histories from lesbian activists involved in act up/New York; readings of literature by Dorothy Allison, Leslie Feinberg, CherrÃe Moraga, and Shani Mootoo; videos by Jean Carlomusto and Pratibha Parmar; and performances by Lisa Kron, Carmelita Tropicana, and the bands Le Tigre and Tribe 8. Cvetkovich reveals how activism, performance, and literature give rise to public cultures that work through trauma and transform the conditions producing it. By looking closely at connections between sexuality, trauma, and the creation of lesbian public cultures, Cvetkovich makes those experiences that have been pushed to the peripheries of trauma culture the defining principles of a new construction of sexual traumaâone in which trauma catalyzes the creation of cultural archives and political communities.
About: In a daring new work of cultural criticism, the author establishes a 'queer' approach to trauma, arguing that the definition of trauma should be expanded beyond the realm of catastrophe to encompass the ordinary and everyday, including those associate with butch-femme sex, AIDS activism, and other aspects of lesbian public cultures.
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