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Re-viewing and Reparations in Olivia Laing’s Funny Weather.

Chambre, S; (2021) Re-viewing and Reparations in Olivia Laing’s Funny Weather. Moveable Type , 13 (1) , Article 17. 10.14324/111.1755-4527.114. Green open access

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Abstract

Olivia Laing assembles a decade’s worth of her writing about art and culture in this rich collection of essays which are loosely grouped by category with little chronological constraint. Her own artistic curation creates a temporal doubling, a dialogue between and within essays, and a meta commentary on political, environmental, social and cultural emergencies. Composed on both sides of the Atlantic during the austerity decade 2011-2020, her work addresses these issues and their interrelated resonance over the long twentieth century. Reading these pieces in conversation with each other unmoors them from their initial publication contexts to create a larger, entangled embodiment of actors, canvases and environment in the broadest sense of these terms. In this sweeping cultural interrogation of the period, Laing complicates her evaluations by engaging in paranoid yet reparative readings in homage to Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick. By ‘gathering information’ and ‘tracing links’, Laing allows the minoritised and excluded to speak through original acts of creation and expression and, through her animated entangled (re)creation, addresses the swelling forces of late capitalism.

Type: Article
Title: Re-viewing and Reparations in Olivia Laing’s Funny Weather.
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.1755-4527.114
Publisher version: https://10.14324/111.1755-4527.114
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021 Sarah Chambré. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY) 4.0https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Keywords: Olivia Laing, Funny Weather, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Art, Culture, reparative reading,
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of English Lang and Literature
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10138550
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