In this essay, based on a talk given at the Pembroke Center at Brown University, the author imagines a course in 2027 based on the Feminist Theory Archives. Exploring what the archive transmits about a specific moment of feminist theory, born of second-wave feminism, and what it leaves out, the essay argues that oral histories might supplement the papers of individual theorists, enabling feminists of the future to detect the web of connections, negotiations, collaborations, and disagreements that created this field.
Feminist Archives of Possibility
marianne hirsch writes about the transmission of memories of violence across generations, combining feminist theory with memory studies in global perspective. Her recent books include The Generation of Postmemory: Writing and Visual Culture after the Holocaust (Columbia University Press, 2012); Ghosts of Home: The Afterlife of Czernowitz in Jewish Memory (University of California Press, 2010), coauthored with Leo Spitzer; and Rites of Return: Diaspora Poetics and the Politics of Memory (Columbia University Press, 2011), coedited with Nancy K. Miller. Hirsch is the William Peterfield Trent Professor of Comparative Literature and Gender Studies at Columbia University and the director of Columbia’s Center for the Study of Social Difference. She is a former president of the Modern Language Association of America and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Marianne Hirsch; Feminist Archives of Possibility. differences 1 May 2018; 29 (1): 173–188. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10407391-6681696
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