No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive (Series Q) by Lee Edelman

By Lee Edelman

In this searing polemic, Lee Edelman outlines a appreciably uncompromising new ethics of queer concept. His major objective is the all-pervasive determine of the kid, which he reads because the linchpin of our common politics of “reproductive futurism.” Edelman argues that the kid, understood as innocence short of defense, represents the opportunity of the long run opposed to which the queer is located because the embodiment of a relentlessly narcissistic, delinquent, and future-negating force. He boldly insists that the efficacy of queerness lies in its very willingness to embody this refusal of the social and political order. In No Future, Edelman urges queers to desert the stance of lodging and accede to their prestige as figures for the strength of a negativity that he hyperlinks with irony, jouissance, and, finally, the loss of life force itself.

Closely enticing with literary texts, Edelman makes a compelling case for imagining Scrooge with out Tiny Tim and Silas Marner with out little Eppie. seeking to Alfred Hitchcock’s motion pictures, he embraces of the director’s such a lot infamous creations: the sadistic Leonard of North via Northwest, who steps at the hand that holds the couple precariously above the abyss, and the terrifying identify figures of The Birds, with their predilection for kids. Edelman enlarges the succeed in of latest psychoanalytic thought as he brings it to endure not just on works of literature and movie but additionally on such present political flashpoints as homosexual marriage and homosexual parenting. Throwing down the theoretical gauntlet, No Future reimagines queerness with a keenness sure to spark an both impassioned debate between its readers.

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