After Queer Theory : The Limits of Sexual Politics by James Penney

By James Penney

After Queer Theory makes the provocative declare that queer conception has run its path, made out of date via the elaboration of its personal good judgment inside capitalism. James Penney argues that faraway from signalling the tip of anti-homophobic feedback, in spite of the fact that, the tip of queer provides the social gathering to reconsider the relation among sexuality and politics.

Through a severe go back to Marxism and psychoanalysis (Freud and Lacan), Penney insists that find out how to implant sexuality within the box of political antagonism is mockingly to desert the exhausted premise of a politicised sexuality.

After Queer Theory argues that it is vital to wrest sexuality from the lifeless finish of identification politics, commencing it as much as a common emancipatory fight past the succeed in of capitalism's powers of commodification.

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Bear in mind for the upcoming discussion that several topics on this list express interests that extend beyond the queer community strictly speaking, however one may wish to define it, to include the citizenry or people in general: health care, women’s reproductive rights, multicultural and sex education, in particular. On the level of its address, however, the pamphlet presupposed a specific, clearly delimited community subtracted from the whole. The members of this community expressed the interests of an explicit ‘we’.

When the sister points at the boys and makes her comment, for instance, my alternative closeted Ahmed might spontaneously react by looking away too soon and perhaps refilling her drink. Her actions and expression might betray discomfort or unease with the familiar patriarchal scene, and the mother, for example, noticing that discomfort, might now be forced to re-evaluate her initial perception of her other daughter’s remarks. Ahmed’s phenomenological analysis of the family celebration remains unpersuasive to the extent that she fails to take her own presence at the table into account.

15 Despite the undeniable salience of her diagnosis of queer theory via Melanie Klein, Sedgwick’s affective discourse exhibits the same inward and in many ways quintessentially American political naiveté that has characterised her work from the beginning. In the end, Sedgwick’s politics unfortunately retains a properly narcissistic resistance to the power of the universal, precisely the sort 26 Penney T02732 01 text 26 08/10/2013 08:16 currents of queer of pseudo-politics, typical of queer discourse, that this book sets out to leave behind once and for all.

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