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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 - money owed of trauma that belong as a lot to the normal and daily as to the area of disaster. Cvetkovich contends that the sphere of trauma reviews, constrained through too strict a department among the general public and the personal, has ignored the stories of ladies and queers. Rejecting the pathologizing understandings of trauma that permeate scientific and scientific discourses at the topic, she develops as an alternative a sex-positive method lacking even from such a lot feminist paintings on trauma. "An Archive of Feelings" demanding situations the sector to interact extra totally 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 Feelings" brings jointly oral histories from lesbian activists keen on act/up ny; readings of literature by way of Dorothy Allison, Leslie Feinberg, Cherrie Moraga, and Shani Mootoo; video clips by means of Jean Carlomusto and Pratibha Parmar; and, performances through Lisa Kron, Carmelita Tropicana, and the bands Le Tigre and Tribe eight. Cvetkovich unearths how those cultural formations - activism, functionality, and literature - supply upward push to public cultures that either paintings via trauma and rework the stipulations generating it. through taking a look heavily at connections among sexuality, trauma, and the production of lesbian public cultures, Cvetkovich makes these reviews which have been driven to the peripheries of trauma tradition the defining rules of a brand new building of sexual trauma - one during which trauma catalyzes the production of cultural data and political groups. additionally of curiosity girl masulinity Judith Halberstam.

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T in history from th� vantage puint of memory and experience. Thus, the queer sensibility 1 find in Kron's work is not an exclusive 28 property oflesbian or gay culture. :uhure. ive because it tackles questions about the intergen­ erational transmission of Holocaust memory. 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.

Queer performance gives expression to the cultural memory that is otherwise lost to amne­ sia. The tlamboyant Carmelita, as well as Troyano's other drag character, Pingalito Betancourt, a camp version of Cuban masculinity, bear the ex­ travagant marks of Cuban identity that are less visible in Tmyano's own mme subdued (and hence assimilated) self-presentation. Her use of hu­ mor gently mocks psychiatric methods for the recovery of memory and suggests that recovery is not a literal process. -al duration.

11 trauma. '9 My efforts to apply this perspective to trauma studies are informed by recent thinking not only in feminist but queer theory, too. � 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.

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