Date of Award

Spring 5-6-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art & Art History

First Advisor

Dr. Maria Antonella Pelizzari

Second Advisor

Mia Kang

Academic Program Adviser

Dr. Maria Antonella Pelizzari


Using the holdings of the Peter J. Cohen Collection in New York City as a platform from which to engage the queer impulse of feeling backward, this thesis posits that vernacular photographs can be included in sapphistry through the creation of a counterarchive of “felt photographs,” where a reading of photographs is animated by a queer positionality and knowing.



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