By Andrew Parker
During this detailed factor of SAQ, a well-known team of members examine the vicissitudes of queer thought given 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 consider the way forward for queer conception through meditating richly on its earlier. 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 bother, as a subject matter of great inquiry, and as a political conundrum.Contributors discover the interdisciplinarity of the sphere and its relation to different fields, reminiscent of severe race reviews, feminism, and lesbian and homosexual stories. a number of essays keep in mind the start of queer idea within the days of the feminist-sex wars and the 1st AIDS-related homosexual male deaths; a few members 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 women with male genitals to the event of being unmarried or of falling asleep—reflect the continued strength of queer concept 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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They might not be lonely—they might just want to be antisocial, they might just want to relate to others outside of the supreme logic of the couple, which has become the way one binds oneself to the social. To do so is a potentially massive project: for instance, I want to think about the status of single people in marriage, property, corporate, and tax law; I would like to trace the intellectual, political, and cultural history of single types such as the Bachelor, the Widow, the Celibate, the Priest, the Masturbator, the Nun, and so on; I can see exploring the philosophy of the “Enlightened,” rational subject from Rousseau on; I would need to analyze the development of the psychoanalytic concept of the ego; I’d like to think about alienated labor and its impact on value in Marxist thought; I’d want to figure out how chattel slavery and racial logics further crowd the many into the One; and I’d be compelled to wonder how sex and gender difference could be nonrelational.
One premise of both trauma studies and the Public Feelings project is that we have yet to attend to the past adequately and that one measure of that neglect arises at the affective level. Affect is often managed in the public sphere through official discourses of recognition or commemoration that don’t fully address everyday affects or through legal measures (ranging from the abolition of slavery and segregation to affirmative action) that don’t fully provide emotional justice. The goal is something more than statues and monuments, something that involves ways of living, structures of feeling.
I’d like to figure out a way for loneliness to be removed from the condition of modern life by bringing back a perspective, not unlike the flâneur, who looks for more than the relief of loneliness in the shocks of the crowd’s sociality, who looks for more than what I’ve been trained to look for: sexual relations. Giorgio Agamben often says provocative things, but he helps here because at various points in his work he’s trying to think the impossible: nonrelation. ”14 But we must remember that Agamben is not being literal; his analyses of ontologies and politics are often invested in figurations, especially figurations that go beyond Lonely 455 what we’ve been bound to for too long: figures of relation.
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