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
- Best Sellers Rank: 56,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Anarchic and inventive interruption of dominant queer thinkingReviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 August 2018
A really creative analysis of the utopian possibilities for a queer but not quite visible new world, an anarchic kick back of the often over intellectualised and sterile white world of academia
Five StarsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 May 2017
Absolutely great for rethinking social structures and the potential for Utopian applications of thought in contemporary society.
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a seminal bookReviewed in Canada on 31 October 2018
I saw him speak a year before he passed from a heart attack -- way too young. This book is his legacy, his roadmap.
take that lee edelman and other cultural theory pessimist kings and queensReviewed in the United States on 16 September 2015
this book makes a necessary and thoughtful contribution not just to queer studies, its most explicit disciplinary frame of reference, but also to interdisciplinary cultural studies more generally. munoz's two key moves are in ascending order of importance (1) the key privileging of underexamined theoretical texts rather than the canonic, equally applicable, but overcited work of foucault and benjamin, who munoz notes in his introduction have been rendered almost too tailored to queer theory's concerns, and (2) to instill a sense of "hope" and "utopian futurity" or more simply "potential" in a discourse that's still being dominated by lee edelman's anti-relational pessimism. sure, kids and heteronormative reproduction are a kind of violence, munoz admits, but not one that elides or obfuscates the ability of queer theory and queer lives to create something fleshy, significant, and other than the pessimistic or scolding. a tour de force.
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