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Volume 9, Issue 2, Spring 2019

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Alyson Cole, Kyoo Lee Coeditors’ Introduction: On/Of/For/By/With an X
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Roderick A. Ferguson A Question of Personhood: Black Marriage, Gay Marriage, and the Contraction of the Human
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This article uses the circumstances of black intimacies within the nineteenth century to analyze the ways in which the law, by definition, limits human possibility and agency. This limiting of possibility and agency is then visited upon LGBT people in the moment of marriage equality. The article attempts to show how that limiting is, in fact, part of the definition of legal personhood. While expanding forms of agency prescribed by the state, the law has also worked to narrow the forms of social agency produced and enacted by minoritized communities. This article, in sum, takes the marriage right as an example of a legal agency that confers personhood and narrows the intimate universes and social capacities produced by racial and sexual minorities.
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Namita Goswami Amongst Letters I Am the Vowel A: Spivak, “Draupadi,” and Anagogizing the Political
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This essay conducts a comparative reading of Gayatri Spivak’s discussion of the Hindu epic Mahabharata and Mahasweta Devi’s story “Draupadi.” While scholars have examined Devi’s tribal protagonist Draupadi in conjunction with the high Hindu goddess Draupadi of the epic, I suggest that the former’s viswarupadarshana (revelation of form) should be read in contrast to the role of the Mahabharata’s Hindu God Krishna. This comparison shows the feminist and postcolonial import of Devi’s story, as it demonstrates the continuity of caste-based tribal exploitation from antiquity to globalization. Along with this critique of tribal women’s subalternity in the national imaginary, Devi’s story stages a terrifying singularity that disrupts the sociopolitical logic of gender. Draupadi occupies the position of the subject of knowledge to invert the Indo-Aryan (mythology based) ontograph. By unraveling the “she” that must be perpetually murdered for (this kind of) historicity to take root, Draupadi pours (back) into an encounter between agent and subaltern the affectivity ideologically excised for an illusion to be seen as truth and, hence, as history.
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Jennifer Purvis Confronting the Power of Abjection: Toward a Politics of Shame
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This analysis connects the resurgence of affect theory known as “the affective turn” with the locus of attention surrounding abjection and examines the workings of abjection within the logics of disgust and shame, as well as the political potential of shame. The abject not only informs structures of knowledge and power that govern how subjectivities and group formations are founded and regulated, but provides elements of fluidity and ambiguity that allow us to challenge the affective patterns associated with the abject and locate resources in shame that contribute to restructuring the terrain of politics beyond a simple conversion of shame to pride.
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Mariana Ortega The Incandescence of Photography: On Abjection, Fulguration, and the Corpse
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Inspired by the Kristevan notion of abjection and her view of the corpse as the “most sickening of wastes,” I propose a notion of photographic incandescence—the affective and carnal possibility of a photograph to undo the self. I first discuss the notion of abjection and its relation to incandescence and explore how this incandescence is connected to Kristeva’s view of the corpse. Second, I discuss the notion of photographic incandescence in light of an analysis of Susan Meiselas’s photograph, Cuesta del Plomo, and Roland Barthes’s notions of piercing and fulguration. Finally, I engage Gloria Anzaldúa’s practice of putting Coyolxauhqui together in its attempt to “re-member” the self through the act of creativity, an experience not without pain or the possibility of failure and unreconcilable carnal excess.
archives in transition
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Kyoo Lee Throw Like YSP: On the Wild*Feminist Photography of Youngsook Park
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This essay introduces the work of the “first generation” Korean feminist photographer Youngsook Park (b. 1941). Highlighting the spirited and critical “wildness” of her feminist aesthetic agenda, with a topical focus on her iconic Michinnyeon Project (1996–2005, “The Mad Women Project,” retranslated here as “The Crazy B*tch Project”), this dossier also contextualizes her more current projects such as Michinnyeon · Balhwa-hada (Blooming/Uttering) (2016) and Could Not Have Left Them Behind (2017) along with her broader lifetime achievements thus far.
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Rachel Levitsky, James Loop, Rachael Guynn Wilson Radical Feminist Poetics: Belladonna* at Twenty Years
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This dossier introduces and celebrates the work of Belladonna* Collaborative—a radical feminist press, reading series, and collective—on its twentieth anniversary. Included in the dossier are two documents from recent Belladonna* events: the first is a partial transcript of a conversation between poets Bernadette Mayer and Stacy Szymaszek, and the second is an introduction by Rachel Levitsky to Belladonna*’s first Lesbian All-Stars reading. The documents are prefaced by a brief headnote on the mission and history of Belladonna*.
translators’ notes
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Chun-Mei Chuang Embodied Molecular Translation: My Not-So-Personal Experience of Translating Spivak and Haraway
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Mary Ann Caws Translating as Living Variously!
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Margaret Carson, Alta L. Price Writing with WIT: The Gender Gap Seen through the Women-in-Translation Activism
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Susan Bernofsky On Decentralizing Gatekeeping in the US Literary-Translation World
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book reviews
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Carla Freccero Anne Dufourmantelle, The Power of Gentleness: Meditations on the Risk of Living, trans. Katherine Payne and Vincent Sallé
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Sudeep Dasgupta Tina Chanter, Art, Politics, and Rancière: Broken Perceptions
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Rick Elmore Sina Kramer, Excluded Within: The (Un)Intelligibility of Radical Political Actors
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