The queer art of failure [electronic resource] / Judith Halberstam.
- ISBN: 9786613266118
- ISBN: 6613266116
- ISBN: 9780822394358 (electronic bk.)
- ISBN: 0822394359 (electronic bk.)
- Physical Description: 1 online resource (xii, 211 p.) : ill. (some col.)
- Publisher: Durham [NC] : Duke University Press, 2011.
"A John Hope Franklin Center Book."
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Introduction : low theory -- Animating revolt and revolting animation -- Dude, where's my phallus? forgetting, losing, looping -- The queer art of failure -- Shadow feminisms : queer negativity and radical passivity -- "The killer in me is the killer in you" : homosexuality and fascism -- Animating failure: ending, fleeing, surviving.
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- Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2011 July #2
A lively and thought-provoking examination of how the homogenizing tendencies of modern society might be resisted through the creative application of failure, forgetting, and passivity, actions generally deemed of little value within today's capitalist models of success. Halberstam (In a Queer Time and Place) finds her ideas supported and exemplified in as unlikely places as the Pixar animated worlds of Finding Nemo, children's cartoons like SpongeBob SquarePants, and the narcotized bromance that is Dude, Where Is My Car? She argues that such works represent radically innovative ways to avoid the "phallus-centric" and production-oriented bias of male-centered capitalist ideologies through a celebration of queerness and oddity, an emphasis on collectivities over individual power, and a rejection of competitive values. The author also draws on the work of visual and performance artists like Kara Walker and Yoko Ono to flesh out her strategies of cultural resistance. With the exception of one remarkable chapter examining the relationship between homosexuality and fascism, Halberstam is too often uncritical in her application of the notion of queerness, allowing the term to absorb virtually any kind of "heteronormative" position of which she approves. Nonetheless, as a close reader of popular culture, she is exemplary, and as a valiant attempt to find value in positions and attitudes such as negativity that our modern success-oriented society disdains, this study is never less than thrilling. (Oct.)[Page ]. Copyright 2010 PWxyz LLC