Queer Times, Queer Becomings

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SUNY Press, Nov 1, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 362 pages
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If queer theorists have agreed on anything, it is that for queer thought to have any specificity at all, it must be characterized by becoming, the constant breaking of habits. Queer Times, Queer Becomings explores queer articulations of time and becoming in literature, philosophy, film, and performance. Whether in the contexts of psychoanalysis, the nineteenth-century discourses of evolution and racial sciences, or the daily rhythms of contemporary, familially oriented communities, queerness has always been marked by a peculiar untimeliness, by a lack of proper orientation in terms of time as much as social norms. Yet it is the skewed relation to the temporal norm that also gives queerness its singular hope. This is demonstrated by the essays collected here as they consider the ways in which queer theory has acknowledged, resisted, appropriated, or refused divergent models of temporality.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Part I The Intimacies of Time
23
Queer Aesthetics
25
Sedgwicks Twisted Temporalitiesor even just reading and writing
47
Bareback Time
75
No Second Chances
101
Nostalgia for an Age Yet to Come
121
Part II Looking ahead to the Postfutural
157
Stein und Zeit
233
Part III Chronic Anachronisms
257
Mestiza Metaphysics
259
Return from the Future
295
Still Here
315
Keeping Time with Lesbians On Ecstasy
333
Rhythm
345
Contributors
349

Happy Futures Perhaps
159
Close Reading the Present
183
My Spirits Posthumeity and the Sleepers Outflung Hand
205

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E. L. McCallum is Associate Professor of English at Michigan State University. She is the author of Object Lessons: How to Do Things with Fetishism, also published by SUNY Press.

Mikko Tuhkanen is Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies at Texas A&M University. He is the author of The American Optic: Psychoanalysis, Critical Race Theory, and Richard Wright, also published by SUNY Press.