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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It is, however, thoroughly rewarding and worth the time it complaaint to fully engage with the content. The argument, developed through a sophisticated analysis of women’s cultural texts, is challenging and highly thought-provoking. I will keep returning to this book as I work through its implications for understanding how to confront a world berlaht such extreme social inequalities. The Female Complaint is an uncannily hopeful book, finding value and possibility in a wholly nonredemptive account of convention.

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

Yet this book exceeded even my highest hopes and expectations. Refusing to dodge the really searching political questions for contemporary American culture, Berlant maps the tricky terrain of the intimate public sphere. She has written a phenomenal study of breathtaking scope. I have no doubt that scholars and students will continue hte debate the issues it raises for many years to come.

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Sentimentality and complaint are central to this commercial convention of critique; laurne relation to the political realm is ambivalent, as politics seems both to threaten sentimental values and to provide certain opportunities for their extension. Pairing literary criticism and historical analysis, Berlant explores the territory of this intimate public sphere through close readings of U.

The Female Complaint is a major contribution from a leading Americanist. Lauren Berlant is the George M. Hawthorne, Utopia, and Everyday Life.

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