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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 - bills 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 stories, constrained by means of too strict a department among the general public and the personal, has missed the stories of girls and queers. Rejecting the pathologizing understandings of trauma that permeate scientific and scientific discourses at the topic, she develops in its place a sex-positive procedure 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 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 thinking about act/up big apple; readings of literature via 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 thrust to public cultures that either paintings via trauma and rework the stipulations generating it. via having a look heavily at connections among sexuality, trauma, and the production of lesbian public cultures, Cvetkovich makes these reports 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 records and political groups. additionally of curiosity lady masulinity Judith Halberstam.

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Ers on P ll s . H's on every fifteen minutes practically. I don't know why I'm telling you this. I don't need to describe this to you. I feel like a cliche. " She reminds her audience that stories of the Holocaust now circulate so widely as to verge dangerously on becoming an everyday experience that no longer has the power to affect people. By refusing to continue in this vein, Kron alerts her audience that 2-5 Minure Ride is a different kind of Holocaust story, if it is one at all . It is not <�bout Auschwitz, the concentration camps, or even Holocaust sur­ Yivors; it is about her relationship with a man who is a survivor, but who is also her father.

S Minwe Ride. Photo by Kristina LeGros. Courtesy of Lisa Kron. " She painstakingly attempts to avoid some of the affects frequently prompted by such representations, includ­ ing empty sentimentality and its nut-so- distant relation, incap:Kitating awe. Can a trip to Auschwitz be something other than another version of a trip to an amusement park, where history's terrors are domesticated into safely consumable artifacts and emotions? �t for an encounter with trauma, te1>timony, and the Holocaust that are implicit in trips to both Auschwitz and the theater.

5 Mim�te Ride offers unrepresentability not as awe-inspiring but as ma­ terial necessity. Indeed, the challenge it addresses is how to make room for another kind of story in the face of the hyperrepresentation of the Holocaust and its saturation of the cultural landscape by a proliferation of horrific images. " By performing the reali­ ties of emotions that are varied and that include humor, boredom, and resistance, Kron expands the emotional archive of trauma. n whom he met on­ line. Just as the juxtaposition of the roller coaster w:ith Auschwitz fore­ grounded the dangers of sensationalism, this segment uses the wedding to suggest thilt St:ntimentality is another kind of popular affect that a trauma culture must circumvent.

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