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August 19, 2014

Submitted by alycia on Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:08
  • The intro to Ann Cvetkovich's An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures on the train this morning. Didn't read any more because I wanted to be sure to go back and make note of a few portions, and to be sure to put a few things from the bibliography on my reading list.

    Page 9:
    "Cultural artifacts become the archive of something more ephemeral: culture as a 'way of life,' to borrow from Raymond Williams, or a counterpublic, to invoke recent work on the public sphere. My materials emerge out of cultural spaces--including activist groups, women's music festivals, sex toy stores, and performance events--that are built around sex, feelings, trauma. These publics are hard to archive because they are lived experiences, and the cultural traces that they leave are frequently inadequate to the task of documentation. Event finding names for this other meaning of culture as a 'way of life'--subcultures, publics, counterpublics--is difficult."

    Pages 11-12:
    "Within the trauma archive that interests me are the affective lives that counter the cliched narratives of domestic contentment as well as anxiety, depression, and despair as the paradigmatic American national affects, and the structures of feeling that can bring into being alternative cultures."

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