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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Pairing literary criticism and historical analysis, Berlant explores the territory of this intimate public sphere through close readings of U.

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

Occasionally, Duke University Press controls the rights to maps or other drawings. Find it on Scholar. You are commenting using your WordPress. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: To love a thing is not only to embrace its most banal iconic forms, but ocmplaint work those forms so that individuals and populations can breathe and thrive in them or in proximity to them.

The ground of mass normative fantasy is wobbly, a scene of bargaining for survival and jockeying for supremacy: Characteristics of the Few.

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: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Berlant turned away from a cultural history of these artifacts and toward affect and intimate publics To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Sentimentality and complaint are central to this commercial convention of critique; their relation to the political realm is ambivalent, as politics seems both to threaten sentimental values and to provide certain opportunities for their extension.


Lauren Berlant is the George M. Citing articles via Google Scholar. These relationships, however, are not at all the utopic fantasies for which the female characters hoped. The number of copies requested, the school and professor requesting For reprints and subsidiary rights, please also note: The argument, developed through a sophisticated analysis of women’s cultural texts, is challenging and highly thought-provoking.

Jonathan Mayhew and the Principles of the American Revolution. Page numbers if excerpting, provide specifics For coursepacks, please also note: The Female Complaint examines popular twentieth-century literature directed toward “women’s culture. Here, the feelings and ideals associated with love are so powerful that the characters find themselves bound to love’s object in order to stay near the conventional.

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Affective Scenes and Emotional Performances. The first dimension of this politicizing of sentimentality is an exploration of the ways texts produced for women’s culture [End Page ] repetitively deploy the female complaint, understood here as the general sentiment that “women live for love, and love is the gift that keeps on taking” 1. Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? Sign up for Subject Matters email updates to receive discounts, new book announcements, and more.


Intimacy, Publicity, and Femininity. Yet this book exceeded even my highest hopes and expectations. That must be the longest book ever. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Citizenship and Denegation 5.

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