Feminist Revolutionary Julietta Singh Announces New Book "No Archive Will Restore You"
Julietta Singh's curiously titled No Archive Will Restore You (out November 13th with Punctum Books), which is a culmination of her restless journey—all rebel heart and punk ethic—into adulthood.
A quick, albeit compelling read, hers is a resoundingly warm memoir that uses real-life experiences as conversation starters to break down female experiences such as sexuality, violence, and eating disorders.
Here, “archive” refers to the social and material baggage a girl inherits the moment she’s born.
"I am so in love with this book. It is so smart, so lucid, so necessary, so honest, so compelling, so edifying, so terrifying, so poignant, so wise. No archive may restore us, but Julietta Singh is exactly the kind of company I want for the ride, to bear witness to the pains and pleasures of our being here, in these bodies, in these times."
—Maggie Nelson, author of The Argonauts
After dropping out of high school and failing out of university on her first attempt, Singh pursued an undergraduate degree in literature and was a renegade in her approach. She says, “I felt an urgency to pursue writing and thinking that spoke to differences.” She earned a university Gold Medal upon graduation, then went on to earn a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. Throughout, she crafted an enlightened miseducation: “In some ways, I skirted past a canonical education, because I was so passionately drawn to brown and black literature, to global writing by women, to queer perspectives.”
Earlier this year, she published Unthinking Mastery (Duke University Press), her first major academic book, where her interest in re-crafting narratives about the self began percolating. Her philosophy is at once reflective and forward-thinking. “The body is always changing, moving, morphing, generating, and regenerating.”