By Andrew Parker
During this unique factor of SAQ, a renowned workforce of participants give some thought to the vicissitudes of queer concept on account that its inception within the early Nineties. the problem considers what—if anything—lies on the center of queer stories except its curiosity in sexuality. With essays meant to be extra reflective than scholarly, the authors consider the way forward for queer thought through meditating richly on its earlier. even if viewing sexuality because the epitome of the social or of the anti-social, the essays shape a sustained meditation on intercourse as a resource of pleasure and bother, as an issue of significant inquiry, and as a political conundrum.Contributors discover the interdisciplinarity of the sphere and its relation to different fields, resembling serious race experiences, feminism, and lesbian and homosexual reports. numerous essays bear in mind the delivery of queer conception within the days of the feminist-sex wars and the 1st AIDS-related homosexual male deaths; a few participants evoke the times of the field’s infancy whereas others are happy to embody its adulthood. The sheer quantity and breadth of the themes considered—everything from Hank Williams and the paradoxes of local American sovereignty to the declension of atoms within the writings of Lucretius, from Henry Darger’s “naive” depiction of women with male genitals to the event of being unmarried or of falling asleep—reflect the ongoing strength of queer concept a new release after its inception.Contributors Lauren BerlantMichael CobbAnn CvetkovichLee EdelmanRichard Thompson FordCarla FrecceroElizabeth FreemanJonathan GoldbergJanet HalleyNeville HoadJoseph LitvakMichael MoonJos? Esteban Mu?ozJeff NunokawaAndrew ParkerElizabeth A. PovinelliRichard RambussErica RandBethany SchneiderEve Kosofsky SedgwickKate Thomas
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Gordon, “Something More Powerful Than Skepticism,” in Keeping Good Time: Reflections on Knowledge, Power, and People (Boulder, CO: Paradigm, 2004), 187–205. ” In so framing the question addressed by this special issue of SAQ, I have no intention of trivializing, discrediting, or dismissing it. I mean, instead, to underscore its genuine importance and to indicate what its stake is. 1215/00382876-2007-005 © 2007 Duke University Press 470 Lee Edelman to figure self-indulgent resistance to communal imperatives—a resistance that, in our heteronormative social dispensation, allows for the wholesale embodiment of the antisocial by nonreproductive sexualities.
Against so frivolous and feckless a charge, recall the words of Adorno: “The true nihilists are the ones who oppose nihilism with their more and more faded positivities, the ones who are thus conspiring with all extant malice, and eventually with the destructive principle itself. ”8 Avoid conflating this destructive principle with the death drive too quickly, however. For it names instead what opposes itself to the death drive’s ceaseless negations: the conservative force that defends the entrenched positivity of the “extant,” whose malice is merely the will to identity so calamitous to the nonidentical.
Instead, there’s the sinthomo‑ sexual, or, as some might prefer, the queer, a term that evokes an extimate relation to the structure of normative values while affirming, through its historic association with specifically sexual irregularities, an indicative link to the unassimilable excess of jouissance. But that excess, reflecting the always excessive specificity of the sinthome, turns the sinthomosexual into a surrogate for the perpetual failure of universalism, which can never account for that element, that specificity, that sinthome, voided as the necessary precondition of its own elaboration.