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Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity Paperback – 30 November 2009

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  • Publisher : NYU Press; 1st edition (30 November 2009)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 244 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0814757286
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0814757284
  • Dimensions : 15.24 x 1.55 x 22.86 cm
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Gay liberations activist past and pragmatic present are merely prologue to a queer cultural future, Mu±oz suggests in this critical condemnation of the political status quo. Casting his vision of a radical gay aesthetic through the prisms of literature, photography and performance, the author dismisses commonplace concerns like same-sex marriage as desires for mere inclusion in a corrupt mainstream. More defiantly, he exalts the persistence of commercial sex spaces in the face of antisex and homphobic policings, and celebrates the overlay of punk and queer in performance spaces. - Publishers WeeklyBrilliant, extraordinary, and necessary, Mu±ozs critical refusal of queer pragmatism, his commitment to the utopian force of the radical attemptthe radical aesthetic, erotic, and philosophical experimentis indispensable in an historical moment characterized by political surrender and intellectual timidity passing itself off as boldness. - Fred Moten, author of In the BreakMu±oz takes Ernst Bloch as his Virgil as he descends into the dark woods of futurity looking for signposts along the way that will guide him to a place of hope, belonging, queerness and quirkiness. Refusing to simply sign on to the anti-relational, anti-future brand of queer theory espoused by Edelman, Bersani and others, Mu±oz insists that for some queers, particularly for queers of color, hope is something one cannot afford to lose and for them giving up on futurity is not an option. - Judith Halberstam, author of In a Queer Time and Place

About the Author

José Esteban Muñoz (1967–2013) was Professor and Chair of Performance Studies at New York University. His works include Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics (1999), Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity (2009), as well as the forthcoming The Sense of Brown. He was co-editor of Pop Out: Queer Warhol (1996) and Everynight Life: Culture and Dance in Latin/o America (1997) and founding co-editor of the Sexual Cultures series at NYU Press.

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