This essay uses the keyword testimony to explore how that term has been understood through law, literature, and social media. It explores the rhetorical demands of the hashtag #MeToo in relation to the demands of representation and interpretation to probe our affective attachments to the circulation of narratives of trauma. In confronting the harm of another, it also asks how we might imagine forms of justice beyond punitive and carceral impulses.
Keyword 6: Testimony
juana maría Rodríguez is a professor of ethnic studies, performance studies, and gender and women’s studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings (New York University Press, 2014) and Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces (New York University Press, 2003). She is currently working on a book on visual culture and Latina sexual labor and coediting a special issue of tsq called Trans Studies en las Américas.
Juana María Rodríguez; Keyword 6: Testimony. differences 1 May 2019; 30 (1): 119–125. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10407391-7481288
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