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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The Female Complaint is a major contribution from a leading Americanist. She is the editor of Compassion ; Our Monica, Ourselves: By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

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: Avid readers of theorist Lauren Berlant will be pleased as her latest book, The Female Complaintcontinues her ongoing project of charting national sentimentality in U. You must obtain permission directly from the owner of the image.

In the literary and film texts explored by Berlant, women are compelled into romantic love relations. That must be the longest book ever.

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

These texts not only hail love, but they track women’s disappointments with romantic love. Most users should sign in with their email address. Don’t have an account? Race and America’s Long War. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Email required Address never made public. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities frmale social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.


Notify me of new comments via email. To love a thing is not only to embrace its most banal iconic forms, but to work ckmplaint forms so that individuals and populations can breathe and thrive in them or in proximity to them.

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Berlant, however, engages with a different sort of commodity: Surviving love’s disappointments happens when women abide femaoe the predominant ideology of “normative, generic-but-unique femininity. 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.

Please direct permission requests for these images to permissions dukeupress. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Women feel commonality—despite differently classed and raced positionalities—because all women are hailed with the affliction of surviving love. To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. Intimacy, Publicity, and Femininity.


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Lauren Ber,ant is the George M. The convention is not only a mere placeholder for what could be richer in an underdeveloped social imaginary, but it is also sometimes a profound placeholder that provides an affective confirmation of the idea of a shared confirming imaginary in advance of inhabiting a material world in which that feeling can actually be lived. Notify me of new comments via email.

Thus other forms of bodily suppression have been devised. An Environmental History since The argument, developed through a sophisticated analysis of women’s cultural texts, is challenging and highly thought-provoking.

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