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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 sector of trauma reports, constrained through too strict a department among the general public and the non-public, has neglected the studies of girls and queers. Rejecting the pathologizing understandings of trauma that permeate clinical and scientific discourses at the topic, she develops in its place a sex-positive process lacking even from so much feminist paintings on trauma. "An Archive of Feelings" demanding situations the sphere to interact 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 taken with act/up big apple; readings of literature through Dorothy Allison, Leslie Feinberg, Cherrie Moraga, and Shani Mootoo; video clips through Jean Carlomusto and Pratibha Parmar; and, performances via Lisa Kron, Carmelita Tropicana, and the bands Le Tigre and Tribe eight. Cvetkovich unearths how those cultural formations - activism, functionality, and literature - provide upward thrust to public cultures that either paintings via trauma and remodel the stipulations generating it. through taking a look heavily at connections among sexuality, trauma, and the construction of lesbian public cultures, Cvetkovich makes these stories which have been driven to the peripheries of trauma tradition the defining ideas of a brand new building of sexual trauma - one during which trauma catalyzes the production of cultural documents and political groups. additionally of curiosity woman masulinity Judith Halberstam.

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S. trade embargo and restrictions 011 travel and immi­ gration. ita's queer and traumatized rclatiun to Cuba is not hers alone, and her susceptibility to and dependence on CUMAA as a way of ac­ cessing memory is one of the conditions of exile. S. S. and American national identity or that assume a simplistic position either for or against Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution. �uring the current occupants that she is not there to reclaim it) nnd then being reminded by lhe blue tiles in n Havana hotel of her childhood tonsil operatiun.

Humor becomes a way of approaching the Holocamt through indirection, of warding off emo­ tional breakdown with a joke. The suspense of the approach to Auschwitz is produced and disrupted by Kron's sudden switches to the other stories that she is telling; incorporating them into the play gives her a kind of defense strategy, a way of avoiding the topic when it gets too close. The rapid shifts in both narrative and affect have a distancing effect, keeping 25 the Auschwitz story from becoming too �ntimental or horrific, but they also possess their own kind of affective power.

Enter the crematorium for the first time in my life I feel hor­ ror. Physical repulsion. I can feel my face contort, my lips pull back. In the gas chamber, my father stops to take his 2 :00 pill. This breaks my heart. I stand to the side and cry. Hard. I can feel . I can feel the bottom. It's clear to me now that everything in my life before has been a shadow. This is the only reality-what happened to my father and his parents fifty years ago It's not just the crematorium itself that affects her but the poignancy of her ailing father getting on with the business of survival in the midst of it.

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