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 by means of too strict a department among the general public and the personal, has neglected the reports of girls and queers. Rejecting the pathologizing understandings of trauma that permeate clinical and medical discourses at the topic, she develops as an alternative a sex-positive method lacking even from so much feminist paintings on trauma. "An Archive of Feelings" demanding situations the sphere 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 excited by act/up big apple; readings of literature through Dorothy Allison, Leslie Feinberg, Cherrie Moraga, and Shani Mootoo; movies 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 finds how those cultural formations - activism, functionality, and literature - supply upward push to public cultures that either paintings via trauma and remodel the stipulations generating it. by means of having 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 ideas of a brand new development of sexual trauma - one within which trauma catalyzes the production of cultural data and political groups. additionally of curiosity girl masulinity Judith Halberstam.

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T<; argue that memories of sexual abuse should be taken seriously as the origin of women's problems, and on the other side, parents and clinicians speak of false memory syndrome in asserting that recovered memories of sexual abuse can be implanted in overly suggestible client�. "' Haaken proposes that feminism may have seized on sexual trauma as a way of conveniently locating the evils of sexism. Intimations of sexual abUM' ha\'e become the sensational evidence for a feminism that looks for literal and incon­ trovertible proof of sexism.

One o(the most useful contributions o( a ferninist approach to trauma , and one that I endorse, is the focus on trauma as eveq•dny that unravels definitions of the term. Herman's work, for instance, strains the bound­ aries of a uniwrsal model of trauma when she argues for the creiltion of a new diagnostic category, "complex post-traumatic stress disorder," to describe the effects of repeated abuse, sud1 as those suffered by children in violent families. -'1: for trauma studies. '1 The definition of trauma begins to invert itself when Brown sug· gests that the diagnostic stipulation that trauma must be "an event out­ side the range of human experience" excludes insidious forms of trauma that are all too often persistent and normalized.

Al duration. There may be no ready cure for this trauma, especially since the recovery of its memory is a collective pro­ cess. Through stories of pigs and horses, of tonsil� and school lunches, Carmelita builds an archive of memory that ruptures the bounded cate· gory of the nation and the conceptions of citizenship to which it gives rise. s more than five hundred years old and does so in a war that can incorporate queer feelings as an index of this trauma. 41 Mandsm arod the Sensations of Everyday Life Marxism, at least as much ns psychoanalysis, which is more usually understood to be the primary point of origin for theories of trauma, is a crucial resource for my understanding of trauma.

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