Feeling Backward

Author: Heather Love
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674736419
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Download Now
Feeling Backward weighs the costs of the contemporary move to the mainstream in lesbian and gay culture. While the widening tolerance for same-sex marriage and for gay-themed media brings clear benefits, gay assimilation entails other losses--losses that have been hard to identify or mourn, since many aspects of historical gay culture are so closely associated with the pain and shame of the closet.

Feeling Backward

Author: Heather Love
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 067403239X
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
Download Now
'Feeling Backward' weighs the cost of the contemporary move to the mainstream in lesbian and gay culture. It makes an effort to value aspects of historical gay experience that now threaten to disappear, branded as embarrassing evidence of the bad old days before Stonewall. Love argues that instead of moving on, we need to look backward.

Feeling Backward

Author: Heather Love
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674026520
Format: PDF, ePub
Download Now
'Feeling Backward' weighs the cost of the contemporary move to the mainstream in lesbian and gay culture. It makes an effort to value aspects of historical gay experience that now threaten to disappear, branded as embarrassing evidence of the bad old days before Stonewall. Love argues that instead of moving on, we need to look backward

Opacity and the Closet

Author: Nicholas De Villiers
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 0816675708
Format: PDF, ePub
Download Now
Looking beyond the closet at the lives and works of renowned queer public figures

After Sex

Author: Janet Halley
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822349094
Format: PDF, Kindle
Download Now
Prominent participants in the development of queer theory explore the field in relation to their own intellectual itineraries, reflecting on its accomplishments, limitations, and critical potential.

Orgasmology

Author: Annamarie Jagose
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822353911
Format: PDF
Download Now
In Orgasmology, Annamarie Jagose takes orgasm as her queer scholarly object, tracing the career of orgasm across the twentieth century.

The Poor Bugger s Tool

Author: Patrick R. Mullen
Publisher: OUP USA
ISBN: 0199746699
Format: PDF, Kindle
Download Now
The Poor Bugger's Tool--the title taking its name from the veiled reference to Roger Casement in Joyce's Ulysses--draws on writings by Wilde, Synge, Joyce, Jamie O'Neill, and Patrick McCabe to consider how each deploys queer aesthetics to shape inclusive forms of national affiliation and put forward anti-imperialist critiques.

Disturbing Attachments

Author: Kadji Amin
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822372592
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
Download Now
Jean Genet (1910–1986) resonates, perhaps more than any other canonical queer figure from the pre-Stonewall past, with contemporary queer sensibilities attuned to a defiant non-normativity. Not only sexually queer, Genet was also a criminal and a social pariah, a bitter opponent of the police state, and an ally of revolutionary anticolonial movements. In Disturbing Attachments, Kadji Amin challenges the idealization of Genet as a paradigmatic figure within queer studies to illuminate the methodological dilemmas at the heart of queer theory. Pederasty, which was central to Genet's sexuality and to his passionate cross-racial and transnational political activism late in life, is among a series of problematic and outmoded queer attachments that Amin uses to deidealize and historicize queer theory. He brings the genealogy of Genet's imaginaries of attachment to bear on pressing issues within contemporary queer politics and scholarship, including prison abolition, homonationalism, and pinkwashing. Disturbing Attachments productively and provocatively unsettles queer studies by excavating the history of its affective tendencies to reveal and ultimately expand the contexts that inform the use and connotations of the term queer.

Bad Modernisms

Author: Douglas Mao
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822387824
Format: PDF, Kindle
Download Now
Modernism is hot again. At the dawn of the twenty-first century, poets and architects, designers and critics, teachers and artists are rediscovering the virtues of the previous century’s most vibrant cultural constellation. Yet this widespread embrace raises questions about modernism’s relation to its own success. Modernism’s “badness”—its emphasis on outrageous behavior, its elevation of negativity, its refusal to be condoned—seems essential to its power. But once modernism is accepted as “good” or valuable (as a great deal of modernist art now is), its status as a subversive aesthetic intervention seems undermined. The contributors to Bad Modernisms tease out the contradictions in modernism’s commitment to badness. Bad Modernisms thus builds on and extends the “new modernist studies,” recent work marked by the application of diverse methods and attention to texts and artists not usually labeled as modernist. In this collection, these developments are exemplified by essays ranging from a reading of dandyism in 1920s Harlem as a performance of a “bad” black modernist imaginary to a consideration of Filipino American modernism in the context of anticolonialism. The contributors reconsider familiar figures—such as Virginia Woolf, D. H. Lawrence, Josef von Sternberg, Ludwig Wittgenstein, W. H. Auden, and Wyndham Lewis—and bring to light the work of lesser-known artists, including the writer Carlos Bulosan and the experimental filmmaker Len Lye. Examining cultural artifacts ranging from novels to manifestos, from philosophical treatises to movie musicals, and from anthropological essays to advertising campaigns, these essays signal the capaciousness and energy galvanizing the new modernist studies. Contributors. Lisa Fluet, Laura Frost, Michael LeMahieu, Heather K. Love, Douglas Mao, Jesse Matz, Joshua L. Miller, Monica L. Miller, Sianne Ngai, Martin Puchner, Rebecca L. Walkowitz