The Anti-Military Collage of Sylvia Plath: Gender and North American Emotional Regime during the Cold War


  • Letícia Portella Milan Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina



Sylvia Plath (1932 - 1963) was a poet considered as a paradigmatic writer of the 1950s and 1960s, whose identity was associated with suicide and psychological suffering. Thinking critically about academic constructions of her identity, my main source is an image (a collage, specifically) made by her in 1961. This article intends to take Sylvia Plath’s collage as an example of an artwork that can translate the emotional regime of the Cold War in the politics of the American government. From a historical perspective, I attempt to understand this context as a period of anxious emotional regime; based on the postulates of the History of Emotions, the aim of this article is not only to renew specific interpretations of Sylvia Plath, but also, at the same time, to establish the importance of understanding historical periods from the perspective of the concepts of emotives and emotional regimes of William Reddy.






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