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Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity

Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity (Hardback)

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The LGBT agenda for too long has been dominated by pragmatic issues like same-sex marriage and gays in the military. It has been stifled by this myopic focus on the present, which is short-sighted and assimilationist.

Cruising Utopia seeks to break the present stagnancy by cruising ahead. Drawing on the work of Ernst Bloch, Jose Esteban Munoz recalls the queer past for guidance in presaging its future. He considers the work of seminal artists and writers such as Andy Warhol, LeRoi Jones, Frank O'Hara, Ray Johnson, Fred Herko, Samuel Delany, and Elizabeth Bishop, alongside contemporary performance and visual artists like Dynasty Handbag, My Barbarian, Luke Dowd, Tony Just, and Kevin McCarty in order to decipher the anticipatory illumination of art and its uncanny ability to open windows to the future.

In a startling repudiation of what the LGBT movement has held dear, Munoz contends that queerness is instead a futurity bound phenomenon, a "not yet here" that critically engages pragmatic presentism. Part manifesto, part love-letter to the past and the future, Cruising Utopia argues that the here and now are not enough and issues an urgent call for the revivification of the queer political imagination.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryTheory of artLGBT & Gender StudiesGay & Lesbian studiesGay studies: Gay menLGBT & Gender StudiesGay & Lesbian studiesLesbian studiesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groups Publisher: New York University Press Publication Date: 30/11/2009 ISBN-13: 9780814757277  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Jose Esteban Munoz 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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