Queer Constellations: Subcultural Space In The Wake Of The by Dianne Chisholm

By Dianne Chisholm

Queer Constellations investigates the desires and catastrophes of modern city heritage considered via new queer narratives of inner-city lifestyles. The "gay village," "gay mecca," "gai Paris," the "lesbian flaneur," the "lesbian bohème"these and different city phantasmagoria characteristic ironically during this quantity as figures of innovative utopia and commodity spectacle, as fossilized archetypes of social transformation and ruins of haunting cultural potential.

Dianne Chisholm introduces readers to new practices of strolling, seeing, bringing up, and remembering the town in works by means of Neil Bartlett, Samuel R. Delany, Robert Glück, Alan Hollinghurst, Gary Indiana, Eileen Myles, Sarah Schulman, Gail Scott, Edmund White, and David Wojnarowicz. analyzing those authors as regards to the historical past, sociology, geography, and philosophy of area, really to the standard avant-garde construction and perform of city area, Chisholm finds howand how effectivelyqueer narrative documentary resembles and reassembles Walter Benjamins constellations of Paris, "capital of the 19th century." contemplating experimental queer writing in serious conjunction with Benjamins urban writing, the e-book exhibits how a queer point of view on inner-city truth exposes contradictions another way obscured by means of mythic narratives of progress.

If Benjamin regards the Paris arcade as a microcosm of excessive capitalism, in which the (un)making of commercial society is perceived retrospectively, in modern queer narrative we see the sexually charged and commodity-entranced area of the homosexual bathhouse as a microcosm of overdue capitalism and as an exemplary website for excavating the contradictions of mass intercourse. In Chisholms e-book we find how, on reflection at the ruins of queer mecca, queer authors go back to Benjamin to boost his "dialectics of seeing"; how they cruise the paradoxes of industry capital, blasting a queer period out of the homogeneous process history.

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