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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In the literary and film texts explored by Berlant, women are compelled into romantic love relations. Steve and Annie assume pain the way Lora and Sarah Jane want pleasure: The Female Complaint is a major contribution from a leading Americanist.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. From Theory to Film Analysis. Sign in via your Institution Sign in. Although this text makes many fhe theoretical contributions, the primary function of The Female Complaint is to understand the fixity and power of women’s culture in molding women to perform conventionally and urging them to feel in similar ways.

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This site uses cookies. Location and the Moving Image. I will keep returning to this book as I work through its implications for understanding how to confront a world with such extreme social inequalities. The makeover gets folded into the conventions of femininity.


Hawthorne, Utopia, and Everyday Life. The Compulsion to Repeat Femininity: That must be the longest book ever. Contact Contact Us Help. Duke University Press Berlant would not dispute this belief; in fact, it serves as the basis for this nuanced, comprehensive analysis of American women’s culture and its relation not only to sentimentality and gender formation, but to politics and history as well.

This website uses cookies to ensure you thd the best experience on our website. The political implications of all of this sentimentality Jonathan Mayhew and the Principles of the American Revolution. In Defense of Sentimentality.

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

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Intimacy, Publicity, and Femininity. Organization of American Historians members Sign in via society site. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and berlsnt of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Berlant turned away from a cultural history of these artifacts and toward affect and intimate publics By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.


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It is a form of aesthetic expectation with porous boundaries allowing complex audience identifications: Aesthetics Philosophy bdrlant Film in Aesthetics categorize this paper. Notify me of new comments via email. The Female Complaint examines popular twentieth-century literature directed toward “women’s culture. An Environmental History since