Semiotext(e), Jan 1, 1981 - Social Science - 300 pages
Originally conceived as a special Semiotext(e) issue on homosexuality at the end of the 70s, "Polysexuality" quickly evolved into a more complex and iconoclastic project whose intent was to do away with recognized genders altogether, considered far too limitative. The project landed somewhere between humor, anarchy, science-fiction, utopia and apocalypse. In the few years that it took to put it together, it also evolved from a joyous schizo concept to a darker, neo-Lacanian elaboration on the impossibility of sexuality. The tension between the two, occasionally perceptible, is the theoretical subtext of the issue. Upping the ante on gender distinctions, "Polysexuality" started by blowing wide open all sexual classifications, inventing unheard-of categories, regrouping singular features into often original configurations, like Corporate Sex, Alimentary Sex, Soft or Violent Sex, Discursive Sex, Self- Sex, Animal Sex, Child Sex, Morbid Sex, or Sex of the Gaze. Mixing documents, interviews, fiction, theory, poetry, psychiatry and anthropology, "Polysexuality" became the encyclopedia sexualis of a continent that is still emerging. What it displayed in all its forms could be called, broadly speaking, the Sexuality of Capital. (Actually the issue being rather hot, it was decided to cool it off somewhat by only using “capitals” throughout the issue. It was also the first issue for which we used the computer).
The "Polysexuality" issue was attacked in Congress for its alleged advocation of animal sex.
Includes work by Alain Robbe-Grillet, Felix Guattari, Paul Verlaine, William S.Burroughs, Georges Bataille, Pierre Klossowski, Roland Barthes, Paul Virilio, Peter Lamborn Wilson, and more.
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Review: PolysexualityUser Review - Alec - Goodreads
Weird! Great! Selected texts are all over the place, some seemed kinda pointless, some were rubbish, most were brilliant. Would be 5 stars for the number of gems in here that I haven't found anywhere ... Read full review
Review: PolysexualityUser Review - M. - Goodreads
DID YOU KNOW that my favorite porn star, Ledermeister, is on the cover of this? The combination of that man and Semiotext(e) in the 70s combined with everything this book contains makes me almost fetishize the book as an object. Read full review