Depression: a public feeling by Ann Cvetkovich

By Ann Cvetkovich

In melancholy: A Public Feeling, Ann Cvetkovich combines memoir and significant essay looking for methods of writing approximately melancholy as a cultural and political phenomenon that supply possible choices to scientific types. She describes her personal event of the pro pressures, inventive nervousness, and political hopelessness that resulted in highbrow blockage whereas she used to be completing her dissertation and writing her first booklet. development at the insights of the memoir, within the severe essay she considers the concept that feeling undesirable constitutes the lived adventure of neoliberal capitalism.

Cvetkovich attracts on an strange archive, together with debts of early Christian acedia and religious depression, texts connecting the histories of slavery and colonialism with their violent present-day legacies, and utopian areas made out of lesbian feminist practices of crafting. She herself seeks to craft a queer cultural research that bills for melancholy as a ancient classification, a felt adventure, and some extent of access into discussions approximately conception, modern tradition, and daily life. melancholy: A Public Feeling means that utopian visions can dwell in day-by-day conduct and practices, corresponding to writing and yoga, and it highlights the centrality of somatic and felt event to political activism and social transformation.

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24. At the University of Chicago in January 2001, organized by Janet Jakobsen and Lauren Berlant. Public Feelings emerged as a topic for future discussion and was one of the five subgroups for the second national meeting at Barnard College in late September 2001 (a meeting significantly dominated by discussions of September 11, 2001). More recently, in March 2009, the “Rethinking Sex” conference at the University of Pennsylvania, organized by Heather Love, combined reflections on Gayle Rubin’s influential essay and the infamous Barnard conference on Sexuality in 1982 with sessions on the politics of feeling, thus forging a connection between these cultural moments and movements.

The “unfinished business of sentimentality” is the subtitle of Berlant, The Female Complaint. My claims for the generational specificity of Public Feelings owe something to my shared graduate school training with Berlant at Cornell in the early 1980s, where her work on romance and sentimentality began along with my own on sensationalism. 21. Kleinman, Das, and Lock, Social Suffering; McLagan, “Principles, Publicity, and Politics,” and “Introduction: Making Human Rights Claims Public”; Keenan, “Mobilizing Shame”; Berlant, Compassion.

Other important books on affect, feeling, and emotion include Abu-Lughod and Lutz, Language and the Politics of Emotion; Ahmed, The Cultural Politics of Emotion, Queer Phenomenology, “Happiness,” and The Promise of Happiness; Boym, The Future of Nostalgia; Brennan, The Transmission of Affect; Butler, The Psychic Life of Power, Precarious Life, and Frames of War; Crimp, Melancholia and Moralism; Dolan, Utopia in Performance; Eng, The Feeling of Kinship; Eng and Kazanjian, Loss; Flatley, Affective Mapping; Gordon, Ghostly Matters; Halberstam, The Queer Art of Failure; Holland, Raising the Dead; Koestenbaum, Humiliation; Lutz, Unnatural Emotions; Massumi, Parables for the Virtual; Moten, In the Break; Ngai, Ugly Feelings; Probyn, Blush; Reddy, The Navigation of Feeling; Salecl, On Anxiety; Seremetakis, The Senses Still; Snediker, Queer Optimism; Taussig, The Nervous System; Terada, Feeling in Theory and Looking Awry; Warner, Publics and Counterpublics.

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