Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies

Crip Feminist Trauma Studies in Jessica Jones and Beyond

Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies (2019), 13, (1), 75–91.

Abstract

The article argues for a crip feminist trauma studies framework by developing its methodologies theoretically and in the practice of interpreting the Netflix series Jessica Jones. Synthesizing recent work in crip feminism and mad feminism, and locating “trauma as possibility” through Clementine Morrigan’s analysis, the article establishes the theoretical framework of crip feminist trauma studies. It shows that Jessica Jones inhabits the politics of trauma as possibility and of mad feminism (Mollow), and shows that and how “we need each other” (Mingus). The series indicates the possibility trauma holds, or what is possible when we know we need each other and we act like we need each other. Indicating the (popular) cultural value of Jessica Jones as a series, the article shows the necessity of a crip feminist trauma studies methodology as part of a larger body of disability studies work, as well as its contributions to feminist and gender studies. Thus the article engages two emerging interdisciplinary fields (feminist crip and crip trauma studies frameworks) in order to argue for crip feminist trauma studies.

Access Token
£25.00
If you have private access to this content, please log in with your username and password here

Ahmed, Sara. The Promise of Happiness. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2010. Print. The Promise of Happiness Google Scholar

“AKA Crush Syndrome.” Jessica Jones. Writ. Micah Schraft. Dir. S. J. Clarkson. A Netflix Original Series, with ABC Studios, Marvel Studios, and Tall Girl Productions, 20 Nov. 2015. Television. Google Scholar

“AKA It’s Called Whiskey.” Jessica Jones. Writ. Liz Friedman. Dir. David Petrarca. A Netflix Original Series, with ABC Studios, Marvel Studios, and Tall Girl Productions, 20 Nov. 2015. Television. Google Scholar

“AKA Ladies’ Night.” Jessica Jones. Writ. Melissa Rosenberg. Dir. S. J. Clarkson. A Netflix Original Series, with ABC Studios, Marvel Studios, and Tall Girl Productions, 20 Nov. 2015. Television. Google Scholar

“AKA Sin Bin.” Jessica Jones. Writ. Jamie King and Dana Baratta. Dir. John Dahl. A Netflix Original Series, with ABC Studios, Marvel Studios, and Tall Girl Productions, 20 Nov. 2015. Television. Google Scholar

“AKA Smile.” Jessica Jones. Writ. Jamie King and Scott Reynolds. Dir. Michael Rymer. A Netflix Original Series, with ABC Studios, Marvel Studios, and Tall Girl Productions, 20 Nov. 2015. Television. AKA Smile Jessica Jones Google Scholar

Carrillo Rowe, Aimee. Power Lines: On the Subject of Feminist Alliances. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2008. Print. Power Lines: On the Subject of Feminist Alliances Google Scholar

Caruth, Cathy. “The Politics of Trauma: An Interview with Judith Herman.” Listening to Trauma. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2014. Print. The Politics of Trauma: An Interview with Judith Herman Listening to Trauma Google Scholar

Goddard, Drew, creator. Daredevil. A Netflix Original Series, with ABC Studios, DeKnight Productions, Goddard Textiles, Marvel Entertainment, and the Walt Disney Company, 2015–present. Television. Daredevil Google Scholar

Gooding-Williams, Robert. “Black Cupids, White Desires.” Look, a Negro! Philosophical Essays on Race, Culture, and Politics. New York: Routledge, 2005. Print. Black Cupids, White Desires Look, a Negro! Philosophical Essays on Race, Culture, and Politics Google Scholar

Grace, Elizabeth (Ibby), creator. NeuroQueer: Queering our Neurodivergence, Neurodiversifying Our Queer. 10 Oct. 2016. Web. 25 May 2017. NeuroQueer: Queering our Neurodivergence, Neurodiversifying Our Queer Google Scholar

Hodari Coker, Cheo. Luke Cage. A Netflix Original Series, with ABC Studios, Disney-ABC Domestic Television, and Marvel Entertainment, 2016–present. Television. Luke Cage. Google Scholar

Johnson, Merri Lisa. “Bad Romance: A Crip Feminist Critique of Queer Failure.” Hypatia 30.1 (2015): 251–67. Web. 24 Jul. 2017. Bad Romance: A Crip Feminist Critique of Queer Failure Hypatia 30.1 251 67 Google Scholar

Kafer, Alison. Feminist, Queer, Crip. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2013. Feminist, Queer, Crip Google Scholar

—. “Un/Safe Disclosures.” Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies 10.1 (2016): 1–20. Web. 25 May 2017. Un/Safe Disclosures Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies 10.1 1 20 Google Scholar

Kandaswamy, Priya. “Innocent Victims, Brave New Laws.” Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity. Ed. Mattilda A.K.A. Matt Bernstein Sycamore. Emeryville, CA: Seal Press, 2006. Print. Innocent Victims, Brave New Laws Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity Google Scholar

Mingus, Mia. “Changing the Framework.” Leaving Evidence. 12 Feb. 2011. n.p., Web. 26 Mar. 2017. Changing the Framework Leaving Evidence Google Scholar

—. “On Collaboration: Starting with Each Other.” Leaving Evidence. n.p., 3 Aug. 2012. Web. 26 Mar. 2017 On Collaboration: Starting with Each Other Leaving Evidence. Google Scholar

Mitchell, David T. and Sharon L. Snyder. “Introduction: Disability as Narrative Supplement.” Narrative Prosthesis: Disability and the Dependencies of Discourse. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 2014. Print. Introduction: Disability as Narrative Supplement Narrative Prosthesis: Disability and the Dependencies of Discourse Google Scholar

Mollow, Anna. “Mad Feminism.” DSM-Crip, Social Text Online, Periscope. 24 Oct. 2013. Web. 13 Jul. 2017. Mad Feminism Social Text Online Google Scholar

Morrigan, Clementine. “Trauma as Possibility.” 19 Apr. 2016. Web. 29 Jun. 2016. Trauma as Possibility Google Scholar

Petrie, Douglass and Marco Ramirez, creators. The Defenders. A Netflix Original Series, with ABC Studies, Goddard Textiles, and Marvel Studios, 2017–present. Television. The Defenders. Google Scholar

Price, Margaret. “The Bodymind Problem and the Possibilities of Pain.” Hypatia 30.1 (2015): 268–84. Web. 24 Jul. 2017. The Bodymind Problem and the Possibilities of Pain Hypatia 30.1 268 84 Google Scholar

—. Mad at School: Rhetorics of Mental Disability and Academic Life. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 2011. Print. Mad at School: Rhetorics of Mental Disability and Academic Life Google Scholar

Quirici, Marion. “Geniuses without Imagination.” Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies 9.1 (2015): 71–88. Web. 4 May 2017. Geniuses without Imagination Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies 9.1 71 88 Google Scholar

Rakes, H. “Toward a Theoretico-Practical Accountability to Difference and Relationality.” Disability Studies Quarterly 33.4 (2013). Web. Toward a Theoretico-Practical Accountability to Difference and Relationality Disability Studies Quarterly 33.4 Google Scholar

Richie, Beth E. Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation. New York: New York UP, 2012. Print. Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation Google Scholar

Rosenberg, Melissa, creator. Jessica Jones. A Netflix Original Series, with ABC Studios, Marvel Studios, and Tall Girl Productions, 2015–present. Television. Jessica Jones Google Scholar

Schalk, Sami. “Critical Disability Studies as Methodology.” Lateral. 15 May 2017. Web. 25 May 2017. Critical Disability Studies as Methodology Lateral Google Scholar

—. “Reevaluating the Supercrip.” Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies 10.1 (2016): 71–86. Web. 25 May 2017. Reevaluating the Supercrip Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies 10.1 71 86 Google Scholar

Whedon, Joss, creator. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Mutant Enemy, Kuzui Enterprises, Sandollar Television, and Fox Twentieth Century Television, 1997–2003. Television. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Google Scholar

Wolf, Dick, creator. Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. Wolf Films, Studios USA Television, and Universal Network Television, 1999–present. Television. Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. Google Scholar

If you have private access to this content, please log in with your username and password here

Details

Author details

Rakes, H.