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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 Clarke, Ann Cvetkovich, Simone Davis, Lisa Duggan, Thomas Dumm, Jane Gallop, Marjorie Garber, Janet R. Jakobsen, James Kincaid, Laura Kipnis, Tomasz Kitlinski, Pawel Leszkowicz, Joe Lockard, Catharine Lumby, Toby Miller, Dana Nelson, Anna Marie Smith, Ellen Willis, and Eli Zaretsky.
Author Biography: Lauren Berlant is Professor of English and Director of the Center for Gender Studies at the University of Chicago. She is author of The Anatomy of National Fantasy and The Queen of America Goes to Washington City: Essays on Sex and Citizenship, and co-editor of the journal Critical Inquiry. Lisa Duggan is associate professor of American Studies and History at New York University. She is co-author of Sex Wars: Sexual Dissent and Political Culture and author of Sapphic Slashers: Sex, Violence and American Modernity.
"This set of 18 essays offers a variety of interesting commentaries a 'progressive forum' on the Clinton sex scandal. . . . The collection includes (in part) ruminations on body imagery, the idea of 'the Jewess,' the association of sexual recklessness with notions of race and class, the peculiarities of Clinton's politics (as well as his personal behavior) that made him vulnerable to such an attack, and the implications for Clinton's (reluctant) feminist supporters."
"The book contains more than its share of smart writing."
|Introduction Lauren Berlant and Lisa Duggan||1|
|PART 1: DEMOCRACY AND PRESIDENTIALISM|
|1 The Culture Wars of the 1960s and the Assault on the|
|Presidency: The Meaning of the Clinton Impeachment Eli||9|
|2 The Symbolics of Presidentialism: Sex and Democratic|
|Identification Dana D. Nelson and Tyler Curtain||34|
|PART 2: BODILY IMAGINARIES AND SEXUAL PRACTICES|
|3 The Face That Launched a Thousand Jokes Laura Kipnis||55|
|4 It's Not about Sex James R. Kincaid||73|
|5 The Door Ajar: The Erotics of Hypocrisy in the White|
|House Scandal Simone Weil Davis||86|
|6 Sex of a Kind: On Graphic Language and the Modesty of|
|Television News Sasha Torres||102|
|7 The First Penis Impeached Toby Miller||116|
|PART 3: FANTASIES OF RACE, CLASS, AND ETHNICITY|
|8 The Return of the Oppressed Frederick C. Moten with|
|9 Trashing the Presidency: Race, Class, and the|
|Clinton/Lewinsky Affair Micki McElya||156|
|10 Moniker Marjorie Garber||175|
|11 Monica Dreyfus Tomasz Kitlinski, Pawel Leszkowicz,|
|and Joe Lockard||203|
|PART 4: FEMINISM AND SEXUAL POLITICS|
|12 The President's Penis: Entertaining Sex and Power|
|13 'Tis Pity He's a Whore Ellen Willis||237|
|14 Loose Lips Jane Gallop with Lauren Berlant||246|
|15 Sexuality's Archive: The Evidence of the Starr|
|Report Ann Cvetkovich||268|
|PART 5: ETHICS AND MORALITY|
|16 Sex and Civility Eric O. Clarke||285|
|17 "He Has Wronged America and Women": Clinton's Sexual|
|Conservatism Janet R. Jakobsen||291|
|18 Sexual Risk Management in the Clinton White House|
|Anna Marie Smith||315|