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Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity (Sexual Cultures)

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Some of my favourite words—"hope" and "imagine" and "possibility" and "becoming"—are strewn across these pages. He demands a movement of radical queer optimism and disruption of the status quo rather than the focus on assimilation and normalization we've seen in 21st century queer politics. To explore this, Muñoz investigates a strain of queer utopianism that he locates in art, poetry and performance from the years surrounding the 1969 Stonewall uprising. For fifty years, she has trained to slay wyrms - but none have appeared since the Nameless One, and the younger generation.

The opening passage speaks to Muñoz’s investment in concrete utopias (following Marxist philosopher Ernst Bloch, who acts as Cruising Utopia’s primary intellectual influence), which he understands as linked to specific historical liberation struggles and (real or potential) collectivity. The current age is leaving queers feeling more and more hopeless; this book helped me combat this hopelessness. this book makes a necessary and thoughtful contribution not just to queer studies, its most explicit disciplinary frame of reference, but also to interdisciplinary cultural studies more generally.

More defiantly, he exalts the persistence of commercial sex spaces in the face of ‘antisex and homphobic policings,’ and celebrates the overlay of punk and queer in performance spaces. my beef i think is , especially post-hennessy "profits and pleasure", feeling a little unromanced by the Utility of looking for queer utopia in art. Brilliant, extraordinary, and necessary, Muñoz’s critical refusal of queer pragmatism, his commitment to the utopian force of the radical attempt―the radical aesthetic, erotic, and philosophical experiment―is indispensable in an historical moment characterized by political surrender and intellectual timidity passing itself off as boldness. Facebook sets this cookie to show relevant advertisements to users by tracking user behaviour across the web, on sites that have Facebook pixel or Facebook social plugin. Building on the queer-of-colour critique developed in his previous book, Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics, Cruising Utopia was situated at the intersection of performance studies, critical utopianism and a then-emergent literature on queer temporality.

The idea that we must abandon an imperfect present in the worship of an untouchable, glorious future is enough to stop any liberation movement in its tracks.One cannot afford such a maneuver […] the present must be known in relation to the alternative temporal and spatial maps provided by a perception of past and future affective worlds. As he moves continually between one historical moment and the present, Muñoz gleefully undermines the linear, sequential logic of traditional cultural history. It might seem odd that a book about futurity is so firmly situated in the past, but for Muñoz, queerness’s utopian potential ‘can be distilled from the past and used to imagine a future’ (1). For an academic text, I found this to be pretty readable, and while I struggled a little when Muñoz was talking about dance and movement, his explication of queer literature and songs (I will never see "Take Ecstasy With Me* the same way) was superb.

We use cookies on this site to understand how you use our content, and to give you the best browsing experience.The long-awaited second instalment in Samantha Shannon's Sunday Times and New York Times-bestselling series Tunuva Melim is a sister of the Priory. That said, it was a let down to have so many of those sources be almost exclusively men,mostly cis, mostly able-bodied, mostly thin.

I mostly really liked his choice of case studies/subjects and how he picked art, stories, and cultural artifacts that he liked and believed in and built his book around them. It has been stifled by this myopic focus on the present, which is short-sighted and assimilationist. the idea is that the amateurism points to failure and failure points to what's missing and an absence points to a potentiality for something better. I don't know if I bought ~every~ argument about the pieces that signify utopian futurity but I literally cannot complain. The foreword offers an intimate introduction to Cruising Utopia, with the three authors having been close friends and colleagues of Muñoz at New York University and the current editors of Sexual Cultures, an influential book series Muñoz co-founded with Pelligrini.No obstante, me alegró leer que cuando se encuentra con sus amigos los maricones, disfruta de ser el más camp. Queerness is a structuring and educated mode of desiring that allows us to see and feel beyond the quagmire of the present.

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