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


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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press; 1 edition (30 November 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814757286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814757284
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 363 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,384 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 was Professor and past Chair of Performance Studies at New York University. He is the author of Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics and co-editor of Pop Out: Culture and Dance in Latin/o America and Everynight Life: Queer Warhol.


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