The Queer Art of Failure (a John Hope Franklin Center Book)

By: Halberstam, Jack

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"The Queer Art of Failure" is about finding alternatives--to conventional understandings of success in a heteronormative, capitalist society; to academic disciplines that confirm what is already known according to approved methods of knowing; and to cultural criticism that claims to break new ground but cleaves to conventional archives. Judith Halberstam proposes "low theory" as a mode of thinking and writing that operates at many different levels at once. Low theory is derived from eccentric archives. It runs the risk of not being taken seriously. It entails a willingness to fail and to lose one's way, to pursue difficult questions about complicity, and to find counterintuitive forms of resistance. Tacking back and forth between high theory and low theory, high culture and low culture, Halberstam looks for the unexpected and subversive in popular culture, avant-garde performance, and queer art. She pays particular attention to animated children's films, revealing narratives filled with unexpected encounters between the childish, the transformative, and the queer. Failure sometimes offers more creative, cooperative, and surprising ways of being in the world, even as it forces us to face the dark side of life, love, and libido.

Title: The Queer Art of Failure (a John Hope Franklin Center Book)

Author Name: Halberstam, Jack

Categories: Other,

Publisher: Duke University Press Books:

ISBN Number: 0822350289

ISBN Number 13: 9780822350286

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Seller ID: Z0822350289Z3

Description: 0822350289 Crisp, clean, unread book with some shelfwear, and a missing dust jacket - still NICE