Our Monica, Ourselves: The Clinton Affair and the National Interest

Our Monica, Ourselves: The Clinton Affair and the National Interest

by Lauren Berlant
     
 

Alongside the O.J. Simpson trial, the affair between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky now stands as the seminal cultural event of the 90s. Alternatively transfixed and repelled by this sexual scandal, confusion still reigns over its meanings and implications. How are we to make sense of a tale that is often wild and bizarre, yet replete with serious political and

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Overview

Alongside the O.J. Simpson trial, the affair between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky now stands as the seminal cultural event of the 90s. Alternatively transfixed and repelled by this sexual scandal, confusion still reigns over its meanings and implications. How are we to make sense of a tale that is often wild and bizarre, yet replete with serious political and cultural implications?

Our Monica, Ourselves provides a forum for thinking through the cultural, political, and public policy issues raised by the investigation, publicity, and Congressional impeachment proceedings surrounding the affair. It pulls this spectacle out of the framework provided by the conventions of the corporate news media, with its particular notions of what constitutes a newsworthy event. Drawing from a broad range of scholars, Our Monica, Ourselves considers Monica Lewinsky's Jewishness, Linda Tripp's face, the President's penis, the role of shame in public discourse, and what it's like to have sex as the president, as well as specific legal and historical issues at stake in the impeachment of Bill Clinton.

Thoughtful but accessible, immediate yet far reaching, Our Monica, Ourselves will change the way we think about the Clinton affair, while helping us reimagine culture and politics writ large.

Contributors include: Lauren Berlant, Eric O. Clarke, Ann Cvetkovich, Simone Weil Davis, Lisa Duggan, Jane Gallop, Marjorie Garber, Janet R. Jakobsen, James R. Kincaid, Laura Kipnis, Tomasz Kitlinski, Pawel Leszkowicz, Joe Lockard, Catharine Lumby, Toby Miller, Dana D. Nelson, Anna Marie Smith, Ellen Willis, and Eli Zaretsky.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814798652
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
03/01/2001
Series:
Sexual Cultures Series
Pages:
349
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.38(h) x 1.05(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Introduction Lauren Berlant and Lisa Duggan1
PART 1: DEMOCRACY AND PRESIDENTIALISM
1 The Culture Wars of the 1960s and the Assault on the
Presidency: The Meaning of the Clinton Impeachment Eli9
2 The Symbolics of Presidentialism: Sex and Democratic
Identification Dana D. Nelson and Tyler Curtain34
PART 2: BODILY IMAGINARIES AND SEXUAL PRACTICES
3 The Face That Launched a Thousand Jokes Laura Kipnis55
4 It's Not about Sex James R. Kincaid73
5 The Door Ajar: The Erotics of Hypocrisy in the White
House Scandal Simone Weil Davis86
6 Sex of a Kind: On Graphic Language and the Modesty of
Television News Sasha Torres102
7 The First Penis Impeached Toby Miller116
PART 3: FANTASIES OF RACE, CLASS, AND ETHNICITY
8 The Return of the Oppressed Frederick C. Moten with
B Jenkins137
9 Trashing the Presidency: Race, Class, and the
Clinton/Lewinsky Affair Micki McElya156
10 Moniker Marjorie Garber175
11 Monica Dreyfus Tomasz Kitlinski, Pawel Leszkowicz,
and Joe Lockard203
PART 4: FEMINISM AND SEXUAL POLITICS
12 The President's Penis: Entertaining Sex and Power
CatharineLumby225
13 'Tis Pity He's a Whore Ellen Willis237
14 Loose Lips Jane Gallop with Lauren Berlant246
15 Sexuality's Archive: The Evidence of the Starr
Report Ann Cvetkovich268
PART 5: ETHICS AND MORALITY
16 Sex and Civility Eric O. Clarke285
17 "He Has Wronged America and Women": Clinton's Sexual
Conservatism Janet R. Jakobsen291
18 Sexual Risk Management in the Clinton White House
Anna Marie Smith315

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