The Female Complaint. LAUREN BERLANT. Awful Truth about Women’s Lib. Imagine my dismay when I was virtually booed off the stage. The Female Complaint: The Unfinished Business of Sentimentality in American Culture. Lauren Gail Berlant. Duke University Press (). Lauren Berlant. Connects well with Sara Ahmed, Wendy Hesford, Leslie Bow. “ Everyone knows what the female complaint is: women live for love, and love is.

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Fill in your details below complaimt click an icon to log in: Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a ths part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. Refusing to dodge the really searching political questions for contemporary American culture, Berlant maps the tricky terrain of the intimate public sphere. These relationships, however, are not at all the utopic fantasies for which the female characters hoped.

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Solomon – – Oxford University Press. Duke Beerlant Press, If book has an editor that is different from the article author, include editor’s name also. Thus literature marketed toward women’s culture fosters a sense of belonging, or commonality, among women based on what they feel. Intimacy, Publicity, and Femininity 1 1. In Defense of Sentimentality. Why write the history of these privileged, mostly white and straight women, Berlant asks?

To love a thing is not only to embrace its most banal iconic forms, but to work those forms so that individuals and populations can breathe and thrive in them or in proximity to them.

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These texts not only hail love, but they track women’s disappointments with romantic love. Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. Disability Requests Instructions for requesting an electronic text on behalf of a student with disabilities are available here.

To love a thing is not only to embrace its most banal iconic forms, but to work those forms so that individuals and populations can breathe and thrive in them or in proximity to them. Interestingly, Berlant doesn’t fully engage with the moniker of the text, the female complaint, until the second half of the book. Imitation of life — Uncle Sam needs a wife: She is the editor of Compassion ; Our Monica, Ourselves: Citing articles via Google Scholar. Find it on Scholar. In this discursive field the emotional labor of women places them at the center of the story of what counts as life, regardless of what lives women actually live: Create a reading list or add to an existing list.


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The Female Complaint: The Unfinished Business of Sentimentality in American Culture

Duke University Press She has written a phenomenal study of breathtaking scope. In the literary and film texts explored by Berlant, women are compelled into romantic love relations. Femininity, Formalism, and Dorothy Parker 7.

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