After Sex?: On Writing Since Queer Theory (South Atlantic by Andrew Parker

By Andrew Parker

During this distinct factor of SAQ, a well-liked crew of individuals think of the vicissitudes of queer thought given that its inception within the early Nineteen Nineties. the problem considers what—if anything—lies on the middle of queer reviews except its curiosity in sexuality. With essays meant to be extra reflective than scholarly, the authors think of the way forward for queer conception via meditating richly on its prior. no matter 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 hassle, as an issue of significant inquiry, and as a political conundrum.Contributors discover the interdisciplinarity of the sector and its relation to different fields, equivalent to severe race experiences, feminism, and lesbian and homosexual experiences. numerous essays bear in mind the delivery of queer concept within the days of the feminist-sex wars and the 1st AIDS-related homosexual male deaths; a few individuals evoke the times of the field’s infancy whereas others are happy to embody its adulthood. The sheer quantity and breadth of the themes 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 event of being unmarried or of falling asleep—reflect the ongoing strength of queer conception 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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15 Anne Carson, “Every Exit Is an Entrance (A Praise of Sleep),” in Decreation (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005), 20. Ann Cvetkovich Public Feelings T he editors’ invitation to write about how our work on “nonsexual” domains relates to our interest in sexuality very much spoke to me because of my engagement with the topic of “public feelings” with a group of scholars both nationally and at the University of Texas (UT). Aiming to explore the role of feelings in public life, the project emerged from collective meetings on the future of gender and sexuality and the question of how to give feminism greater impact in the public sphere.

Although this is not the only repository of models for public feelings, it is definitely a rich one and one that I have sought to publicize in my own way so that it can have an impact outside its immediate spheres, and because it is important not to underestimate the power of those public spheres that may remain quite local or subcultural. It’s odd to me that after so many years of queer theory, I would still find myself torn between what I think of as universalizing and minoritizing projects, but this distinction remains resonant for me.

It has been extremely important for queer studies to move across historical and geographic boundaries, away from the recent history of gay and lesbian identities and communities in the Western metropolis. In such contexts, what counts as (homo)sexuality is unpredictable and requires new vocabularies; affect may be present when overt forms of sexuality are not. Affect not only expands the field of sexuality studies but also transforms its methods. 7 Recognizing affect and desire as the motive for intellectual projects has of course long been central to queer studies—evident in the legitimation of camp as a form of queer culture and the value frequently given to the unexpected object, including the popular or the disdained.

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