Cvetkovich's scholarship has been widely influential within academic circles. In her scholarship, Cvetkovich engages with feminist and queer theory , affect and feeling , theories of the archive , and oral history. She has also argued for the significance of looking at the everyday effects of trauma. Her interdisciplinary work explores a wide range of cultural and artistic forms, including documentary film, memoirs, music and dance performances, literature, and visual art. Ann Cvetkovich grew up in Canada, being raised in Vancouver and Toronto. She moved to the U.

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More about this series. Author: Ann Cvetkovich. 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 trauma—one in which trauma catalyzes the creation of cultural archives and political communities. In addition to foregrounding the power of archives in community formation, it contributes to a growing appreciation of the contingent and contextual basis of archival activity.

It is an important contribution which certainly led me toward personal search and reflection. An Archive of Feelings. By resisting the use of academic psychobabble, she makes a cogent argument for trauma as a source of queer creative and political energy. As passionate and eloquent when it describes the process of reading popular culture as when it dissects psychoanalysis's claims about subjects, An Archive of Feelings argues that feelings are public and that understanding them can reshape how politics achieves its aims.

The book crosses disciplines with care yet with great confidence, and in the process, it helps activists and scholars alike to understand on what terms they share a previously unrecognized culture. This in itself is an invaluable contribution for readers, and it is one that the book works hard to establish and clarify. This arresting collection of cultural objects gives the book a rough-and-ready feel that is appealing and quite rare in academic writing.

This dizzying brew is enough to make even a seasoned purveyor of feminist culture feel very excited. Ann Cvetkovich's book argues for the productive rather than repressive power of trauma and accounts for its role in the production of queer identities and queer counter publics. This is queer cultural studies at its finest! This is the book I looked for in so many libraries and bookstores and never found.

It is not only brilliant but totally necessary. Bk Cover Image Full. Sign In. Search Cart. Search for:. Series Q More about this series. Book Pages: Illustrations: 41 illus. Published: March She argues for the importance of recognizing—and archiving—accounts of trauma that belong as much to the ordinary and everyday as to the domain of catastrophe.

An Archive of Feelings contends that the field of trauma studies, limited by too strict a division between the public and the private, has overlooked the experiences of women and queers. Rejecting the pathologizing understandings of trauma that permeate medical and clinical discourses on the subject, Cvetkovich develops instead a sex-positive approach missing even from most feminist work on trauma.

She challenges the field to engage more fully with sexual trauma and the wide range of feelings in its vicinity, including those associated with butch-femme sex and aids activism and caretaking. Paperback Cloth. Availability: In stock. Add to cart.

Open Access. Request a desk or exam copy. Table of Contents Back to Top. Acknowledgments ix Introduction 1 1. The Everyday Life of Queer Trauma 15 2.

Trauma and Touch: Butch-Femme Sexualities 49 3. Transnational Trauma and Queer Diasporic Publics 5. Rights Back to Top. Awards Back to Top. Additional Information Back to Top. Publicity material Bk Cover Image Full. Also Viewed.

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