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

Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity (Sexual Cultures) Author Jose Esteban Munoz
ISBN-10 0814757286
ISBN-13 9780814757284
Year 2009-11-30
Pages 234
Language English
Publisher NYU Press
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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 Jos Esteban Muoz 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 OHara 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 Muoz 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

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