Guide to the Lauren Berlant papers, 1840-2015


John Hay Library, University Archives and Manuscripts
Box A
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
Telephone: Manuscripts: 401-863-3723; University Archives: 401-863-2148
Email: Manuscripts: hay@brown.edu; University Archives: archives@brown.edu

Published in 2015

Collection Overview

Title: Lauren Berlant papers
Date range: 1607-2015
Creator: Berlant, Lauren Gail, 1957-
Extent: 3.5 linear feet
Abstract: Lauren Berlant’s papers survey her interest in the mechanisms of power relating to juridical and institutional “boundary-drawing” between public and private, white and non-white, and other types of socio-political relationships. These papers consist of diverse artifacts including published articles, unpublished creative-writing (poetry and prose), correspondence, conference notes, photographs, ephemera, syllabi and documents of relevance to her research and pedagogy on gender, sexuality, race and feminist theory. Many of the documents found in this collection are heavily annotated copies of Berlant’s teaching materials for her courses on Afro-American Women Writers, Early American Novel, and Feminism and the Public Sphere. While many of the documents of Berlant’s papers are photocopies of 19th and 20th century texts, the lion share of this collection contains her work on feminism, gender, sexuality, and race from the 1980s to the early 2000s.
Language of materials: English
Repository: John Hay Library, University Archives and Manuscripts
Collection number: Ms.2015.009

Scope & content

Series 1. Writings: this series contains various published articles and unpublished creative writing as well as research notes and critical writings. Sub-series 1; Poetry. Sub-series 2; Prose. Sub-series 3; Critical Writings. Sub-series 4; Research Notes. Dates range from 1971-1997.

Series 2. Professional Materials: this series consists of academic research, conference participation, talks, and the bulk of this series contains teaching materials. Sub-series 1; Academic Work. Sub-series 2; Activism. Sub-series 3; Colloquium. Sub-series 4; Conferences. Sub-series 5; Subject Files. Sub-series 6; Talks. Sub-series 7; Teaching Materials. Sub-series 8; Vita. Dates range from 1607-2012, and the bulk of material ranges from 1980-2012.

Series 3. Personal Papers: this series contains correspondence, ephemera & photos from Berlant. Sub-series 1; Class Notes. Sub-series 2; Correspondence. Sub-series 3; Ephemera & Photos. Sub-series 4; Photographs. Dates range from 1983-2015.

Series 4. Digital Materials: this series consists of digital items. Sub-series 1; Cassette Tape. Sub-series 2; Diskette. Sub-series 3; DVD-CD-ROM. Dates range from 1991-2012.

Arrangement

  • Series 1. Writings
  • Series 2. Professional Materials
  • Series 3. Personal Papers
  • Series 4. Digital Materials

Biographical/Historical Note

Lauren Berlant (born 1957), has been the George M. Pullman professor of English, Gender Studies, and the Humanities at the University of Chicago since 1984 after receiving her PhD from Cornell University.

Her work has focused on the “components of belonging in the U.S. nineteenth and twentieth centuries—now the twenty-first: in particular, in relation to juridical citizenship, to informal and normative modes of social belonging, and to practices of intimacy as they absorb legal, normative, and fantasmatic forces. These scenes of relation articulate state, juridical, and institutional practices of zoning and more abstract boundary-drawing—between public and private, white and non-white, and/or citizen and foreigner—with other kinds of social bonds through which people imagine and practice world-making.”

Berlant is interested in how modes of social membership flourish that absorb the blows of power while preserving critical and optimistic attachments to the political as a site of a vaguely rendered, collective ongoingness or potentiality. To this end, [she has] finished a trilogy on national sentimentality—in order of their historical address, The Anatomy of National Fantasy (Chicago, 1991); The Female Complaint: The Unfinished Business of Sentimentality in American Culture (2009); and The Queen of America Goes to Washington City: Essays on Sex and Citizenship (Duke, 1997). [She has] also followed out this interest in collective attachments and affects in [her] edited volumes Intimacy (Chicago, 2000); Our Monica, Ourselves: Clinton and the Affairs of State (with Lisa Duggan; NYU, 2001); and Compassion: the Culture and Politics of an Emotion (Routledge, 2004).

The information cited in this section was retrieved from The Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago. (2015). http://english.uchicago.edu/faculty/lauren-berlant.

Access & Use

Access to the collection: The majority of this collection is open for research, but some materials relating to student records remain restricted. The collection can only be seen by prior appointement as some materials may be stored off-site and cannot be produced on the same day on which they are requested. Folder 10 of Box 3 is restricted.
Use of the materials: All researchers seeking to publish materials from the collections of the John Hay Library are requested to complete a Notice of Intent to Publish, available on the John Hay Library website or by request, prior to reproducing, quoting, or otherwise publishing any portion or extract from this collection. Although Brown University has physical ownership of the collection and the materials contained therein, it does not claim literary rights. It is up to the researcher to determine the owners of the literary rights and to obtain any necessary permissions from them.
Preferred citation: Lauren Berlant papers, Ms.2015.009, Feminsit Theory Archive, Brown University Library.
Contact information: John Hay Library, University Archives and Manuscripts
Box A
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
Telephone: Manuscripts: 401-863-3723; University Archives: 401-863-2148
Email: Manuscripts: hay@brown.edu; University Archives: archives@brown.edu

Administrative Information

ABOUT THE COLLECTION  
Acquisition: Gift of Lauren Berlant in 2014.
ABOUT THE FINDING AID  
Author: Finding aid prepared by Samuel Simas on behalf of the Pembroke Center for the Teaching and Research on Women and the Brown University Library.
Encoding: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2015-11-04
Descriptive rules: Finding aid based on Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)
Sponsor: Curatorial work and processing provided by the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women on behalf of the Feminist Theory Archive, Brown University Library.

Additional Information

Inventory


Series 1. Writings, 1971-1997

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 1 Poetry, n.d.
Box 1, Folder 2 Poetry, "Series of Sonnets by Tom, Occaisionally with Lauren," n.d.
Box 1, Folder 3 Prose, n.d.
Box 1, Folder 4 Publications: Critical Writings & Drafts, pt. 1, n.d.
Box 1, Folder 5 Publications: Critical Writings & Drafts, pt. 2, n.d.
Box 1, Folder 6 Publications: Critical Writings & Drafts, pt. 3, n.d.
Box 1, Folder 7 Publications: Selected Publications, n.d.
Box 1, Folder 8 Research Notes: Annotated Articles.
1971-1997

Series 2. Professional Materials, 1607-2012 (Bulk, 1980-2005)

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 9 Academic Work: Professorship: Leverhulme Visiting Professorship.
2002
Box 1, Folder 10 Academic Work: Research: Collected Journals.
1980-1984
Box 1, Folder 11 Academic Work: Research: Misc. Magazines and Historical Documents.
1933-1994
Box 1, Folder 12 Academic Work: Research: Misc. Magazines.
1991-1993
Box 1, Folder 13 Academic Work: Studies and Groups: Participant.
1992-2000
Box 1, Folder 14 Activism: Faculty for Divestment from South Africa.
1985-1987
Box 1, Folder 15 Colloquium: The CSST Colloquium, n.d.
Box 1, Folder 16 Conferences: Misc. Notes for Talks, n.d.
Box 1, Folder 17 Conferences: Attended: "You Hurt My Feelings: Anxiety, Urgency, Outrage, Hope... A Conference on Political Feeling." Posters.
2007
Box 1, Folder 18 Conferences: Attended: ADE Western Summer Seminar, The University of Utah.
1996
Box 1, Folder 19 Conferences: Attended: Notes: Emergent Publics, ERSC Research Seminar Series Seminar 3; Public Feelings.
2009
Box 1, Folder 20 Conferences: Presented: Forms of Attachment; Affect at the Limts of the Political.
2012
Box 1, Folder 21 Conferences: Presented: Rethinking Sex, University of Pennsylvania.
2009
Box 1, Folder 22 Subject Files: Improving Higher Education.
1989-1991
Box 1, Folder 23 Subject Files: NOW/ACLU.
1995
Box 1, Folder 24 Talks: Remembering Love, Forgetting Everything Else & Draft, America, 'FAT,' The Fetus, n.d.
Box 1, Folder 25 Talks: Testimony and Ineloquence & Drafts, n.d.
Box 1, Folder 26 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: Morgan, Joy Elmer, ed. "The American Citizen's Handbook." Washington, DC: National Council for the Social Studies. Print.
1986
Box 1, Folder 27 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: Art & Photographs.
1990-1999
Box 2, Folder 1 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: Annotated Copies of Godey's Lady's Book. Philadelphia: Louis A. Godey, vol. XXXII-XLIV. Print.
1846-1850
Box 2, Folder 2 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: After Great Pains Course.
2001
Box 2, Folder 3 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: Anthropology 319/Political Science 317; Workshop on Gender, Reason, and Nuclear Policy.
Winter
Box 2, Folder 4 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: Bad Originals of Godey's Lady's Book.
1851
Box 2, Folder 5 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: Dated Syllabi.
1988-2012
Box 2, Folder 6 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: English 267; Afro-American Women Writers. (1 of 2).
Winter
Box 2, Folder 7 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: English 267; Afro-American Women Writers. (2 of 2)
Winter
Box 2, Folder 8 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: English 306.
Fall
Box 2, Folder 9 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: English 320, PS; The Intimate Public Sphere, n.d.
Box 2, Folder 10 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: American Women and Waiting.
September
Box 2, Folder 11 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: English 454; Early American Novel. (1 of 2).
Fall
Box 2, Folder 12 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: English 454; Early American Novel. (2 of 2).
Box 2, Folder 13 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: English 455; Hawthorne and the Representation of Power, n.d.
Box 2, Folder 14 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: English 553; Second Packet.
Autumn
Box 2, Folder 15 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: English 675; Feminism and the Public Sphere.
Winter
Box 2, Folder 16 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: English 675; Feminism and the Public Sphere.
January
Box 2, Folder 17 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: Feminist Theory/Feminist Practice.
Fall
Box 2, Folder 18 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: Fern, Fanny. "Caper-Sauce: A Volume of Chit-Chat about Men, Women, and Things." New York: G. W. Carleton & Co. Print.
1872
Box 2, Folder 19 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: Fern, Fanny. "Folly as it Flies; Hit at." New York: G. W. Carleton & Co. Print.
1868
Box 3, Folder 1 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: Fern Fanny. "Rose Clark." New York: Mason Brothers.
1856
Box 3, Folder 2 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: Gender and Sex Reader, n.d.
Box 3, Folder 3 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: General Studies in the Humanities 228; Problems in Gender Studies-1.
Fall
Box 3, Folder 4 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: Godey's Lady's Book and Ladies' American Magazine. Phildelphia: Louis A. Godey: vol. XX-XXIII.
1840-1841
Box 3, Folder 5 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: Godey's Lady's Book and Ladies' Book and Magazine. Phildelphia: Louis A. Godey: vol. XXV-XXVII.
Box 3, Folder 6 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: Godey's Lady's Book and Magazine. Philadelphia: Louis A. Godey: vol. XXVIII.
1844
Box 3, Folder 7 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: Godey's Lady's Book and Magazine. Philadelphia: Louis A. Godey: vol. XXXII.
1846
Box 3, Folder 8 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: Godey's Lady's Book and Magazine. Philadelphia: Louis A. Godey: vol. XXXIV.
1847
Box 3, Folder 9 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: Godey's Magazine and Lady's Book: Phildelphia: Louis A. Godey: vol. XXXVI.
1848
Box 3, Folder 10 RESTRICTED: Teaching Materials: Course Materials: Hawthorne, Nathaniel. "The Scarlet Letter." Columbus: Ohio State University Press.
1962
Box 3, Folder 11 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: Miscellaneous Articles, n.d.
Box 3, Folder 12 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: Parton, James. "Fanny Fern: A Memorial Volume Containing Her Select Writings and a Memoir." New York: G. W. Carleton & Co. (1 of 2).
1873
Box 3, Folder 13 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: Parton, James. "Fanny Fern: A Memorial Volume Containing Her Select Writings and a Memoir." New York: G. W. Carleton & Co. (2 of 2).
1873
Box 3, Folder 14 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: Prouty, Olive Higgins. "Pencil Shavings." Cambrdige, Mass: The Riverside Press.
1961
Box 3, Folder 15 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: Schmalhauden, S. and V. F. Calverton. Woman's Coming of Age, A Symposium. New York: Horace Liveright, Inc.
1931
Box 3, Folder 16 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: SHUM 415 Feminism and the Public Sphere (WOMANS 415), Uris Library Book Reserve List.
Spring
Box 3, Folder 17 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: Society for the Humanities 415 & Women's Studies 415: Feminism and the Public Sphere. (1 of 4). n.d.
Box 4, Folder 1 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: Society for the Humanities 415 & Women's Studies 415: Feminism and the Public Sphere. (2 of 4). n.d.
Box 4, Folder 2 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: Society for the Humanities 415 & Women's Studies 415: Feminism and the Public Sphere. (3 of 4). n.d.
Box 4, Folder 3 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: Society for the Humanities 415 & Women's Studies 415: Feminism and the Public Sphere. (4 of 4). n.d.
Box 4, Folder 4 Teaching Materials: Course Materials: Tweed, Thomas Frederic. "Gaberial Over the White House." New York: Farrar & Rinehart.
1933
Box 4, Folder 5 Vita: "What They Talk About When They Talk About Love." Chicago: University of Chicago Magazine.
February
Box 4, Folder 6 Vita: Publications, Interviews, or Discussions with/about Berlant.
1986-2008
Box 4, Folder 7 Vita: Student Evaluations, Cornell University.
1981-1982
Box 4, Folder 8 Vita: Student Evaluations, University of Chicago.
1986-1991

Series 3. Personal Papers, 1983-2015

Container Description Date
Box 4, Folder 9 Class Notes: "Publics and Privates," by MW and Lauren Berlant, n.d.
Box 4, Folder 10 Correspondence: E-mail to Wendy at Pembroke Center Archives, Brown University.
2015
Box 4, Folder 11 Correspondence: Letter to T. Mitchell, Chair of the english Department at the University of Chicago.
1990
Box 4, Folder 12 Correspondence: Michael Warner and Lauren Berlant from Duke University.
1994
Box 4, Folder 13 Correspondence: Package of Photo Slides from E. G. Crichton.
1991-1999
Box 4, Folder 14 Correspondence: Package of Photo Slides from Elizabeth Stephens.
1992-1997
Box 4, Folder 15 Correspondence: Package of Photo Slides from Harry (?), n.d.
Box 4, Folder 16 Ephemera & Photos.
1983-1989
Box 4, Folder 17 Photograph: Berlant and Colleagues, n.d.
Box 4, Folder 18 Photograph: Lauren Berlant, n.d.

Series 4. Digital Materials, 1991-2012

Container Description Date
Box 4, Folder 19 Cassette Tape: Lauren Berlant, Public Lecture, 05/22/03. (1 of 2).
Box 4, Folder 20 Cassette Tape: Lauren Berlant, Public Lecture, 05/22/03. (2 of 2).
Box 4, Folder 21 Diskette: "Feminist Theory Fall, '91" & "Film Research."
1991-1992
Box 4, Folder 22 Diskette: "Lauren's Stuff," n.d.
Box 4, Folder 23 DVD/CD-ROM: "Female Complaint," MS_1, n.d.
Box 4, Folder 24 DVD/CD-ROM: "Now, Voyager" Ads, n.d.
Box 4, Folder 25 DVD/CD-ROM: BBC Radio Podcat on "Thinking Allowed," "Cruel Optimism.
February