By Andrew Parker
During this distinctive factor of SAQ, a well-known staff of participants ponder the vicissitudes of queer conception considering the fact that its inception within the early Nineteen Nineties. the problem considers what—if anything—lies on the center of queer reviews except its curiosity in sexuality. With essays meant to be extra reflective than scholarly, the authors think about the way forward for queer thought by means of meditating richly on its prior. even if viewing sexuality because the epitome of the social or of the anti-social, the essays shape a sustained meditation on intercourse as a resource of enjoyment and bother, as a topic of great inquiry, and as a political conundrum.Contributors discover the interdisciplinarity of the sphere and its relation to different fields, akin to serious race experiences, feminism, and lesbian and homosexual reports. numerous essays remember the beginning of queer idea within the days of the feminist-sex wars and the 1st AIDS-related homosexual male deaths; a few participants evoke the times of the field’s infancy whereas others are happy to embody its adulthood. The sheer quantity and breadth of the subjects considered—everything from Hank Williams and the paradoxes of local American sovereignty to the declension of atoms within the writings of Lucretius, from Henry Darger’s “naive” depiction of ladies with male genitals to the adventure of being unmarried or of falling asleep—reflect the ongoing energy of queer thought a new release after its inception.Contributors Lauren BerlantMichael CobbAnn CvetkovichLee EdelmanRichard Thompson FordCarla FrecceroElizabeth FreemanJonathan GoldbergJanet HalleyNeville HoadJoseph LitvakMichael MoonJos? Esteban Mu?ozJeff NunokawaAndrew ParkerElizabeth A. PovinelliRichard RambussErica RandBethany SchneiderEve Kosofsky SedgwickKate Thomas
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I appreciate Kipnis a lot, but I’m afraid that the audacious and tooeasy characterization of queers gone bad into the fight for wedlock fails to take into account just how necessary the marriage form (and its not-sodistant child, the couple form) is for not only intimate stability but also for judicial, political, and cultural legibility that belongs to and exceeds official state regulation. If we believe Arendt, loneliness has serious political and cultural consequences. People want to belong so they don’t feel menaced by their isolation.
Hannah Arendt, trans. Harry Zohn (New York: Schocken Books, 1968), 223. , 223. 11 Walter Benjamin, “On Some Motifs in Baudelaire,” in Illuminations, 193. , 194. 13 Giorgio Agamben, Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life, trans. Daniel HellerRoazen (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1998), 47. 14 Sigmund Freud, “On Narcissism,” in Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works, trans. James Strachey (London: Hogarth Press, 1953), 14:85. Thanks to Ann Pellegrini for reminding me, over nachos, about Freud’s worry after love sickness.
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