Queer Phenomenology

Queer Phenomenology
Author: Sara Ahmed
Publsiher: Duke University Press
Total Pages: 223
Release: 2006-12-04
ISBN 10: 9780822339144
ISBN 13: 0822339145
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Queer Phenomenology Book Review:

Cultural theorist Sara Ahmed demonstrates how queer studies can put phenomenology to productive use by analyzing what it means for bodies to be "oriented" in space and time.

Queer Phenomenology

Queer Phenomenology
Author: Sara Ahmed
Publsiher: Duke University Press
Total Pages: 234
Release: 2006-11-13
ISBN 10: 0822388073
ISBN 13: 9780822388074
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Queer Phenomenology Book Review:

In this groundbreaking work, Sara Ahmed demonstrates how queer studies can put phenomenology to productive use. Focusing on the “orientation” aspect of “sexual orientation” and the “orient” in “orientalism,” Ahmed examines what it means for bodies to be situated in space and time. Bodies take shape as they move through the world directing themselves toward or away from objects and others. Being “orientated” means feeling at home, knowing where one stands, or having certain objects within reach. Orientations affect what is proximate to the body or what can be reached. A queer phenomenology, Ahmed contends, reveals how social relations are arranged spatially, how queerness disrupts and reorders these relations by not following the accepted paths, and how a politics of disorientation puts other objects within reach, those that might, at first glance, seem awry. Ahmed proposes that a queer phenomenology might investigate not only how the concept of orientation is informed by phenomenology but also the orientation of phenomenology itself. Thus she reflects on the significance of the objects that appear—and those that do not—as signs of orientation in classic phenomenological texts such as Husserl’s Ideas. In developing a queer model of orientations, she combines readings of phenomenological texts—by Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, and Fanon—with insights drawn from queer studies, feminist theory, critical race theory, Marxism, and psychoanalysis. Queer Phenomenology points queer theory in bold new directions.

Queer Phenomenology

Queer Phenomenology
Author: Sara Ahmed
Publsiher: Duke University Press Books
Total Pages: 223
Release: 2006-12-04
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UOM:39015066880298
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Queer Phenomenology Book Review:

Cultural theorist Sara Ahmed demonstrates how queer studies can put phenomenology to productive use by analyzing what it means for bodies to be "oriented" in space and time.

The Queer Art of Failure

The Queer Art of Failure
Author: Judith Halberstam
Publsiher: Duke University Press
Total Pages: 211
Release: 2011-09-19
ISBN 10: 0822350459
ISBN 13: 9780822350453
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Queer Art of Failure Book Review:

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 has extensively theorized hegemony but paid little attention to counter-hegemony. Judith Halberstam proposes "low theory" as a means of recovering ways of being and forms of knowledge not legitimized by existing systems and institutions. 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. 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, contending that new forms of animation, especially CGI, have generated narratives filled with unexpected encounters between the childish, the transformative, and the queer. Dismantling contemporary logics of success, Halberstam demonstrates that failure sometimes offers more creative, cooperative, and surprising ways of being in the world.

Film Bodies

Film Bodies
Author: Katharina Lindner
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2017-10-16
ISBN 10: 1838608540
ISBN 13: 9781838608545
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Film Bodies Book Review:

The representation of gender and sexuality is well-explored territory in film studies. In Film Bodies, Katharina Lindner takes existing debates into a new direction and integrates queer and feminist theory with film phenomenology. Drawing on a broad range of sources, Lindner explores the female body's presence in a range of genres including the dance film, the sports film and queer cinema. Moving across mainstream and independent cinema, Lindner provides detailed 'textural' analyses of Black Swan, The Tango Lesson, 2 Seconds, Offside, Tomboy and Girlhood and discusses the queer feminist encounters these films can give rise to. This provocative book is of vital interest to students and researchers of queer cinema, queer/feminist theory, embodiment and affect and offers a unique new way of understanding the relationship between queerness, feminism, the body and cinema.

50 Concepts for a Critical Phenomenology

50 Concepts for a Critical Phenomenology
Author: Gail Weiss,Gayle Salamon,Ann V. Murphy
Publsiher: Northwestern University Press
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2019-11-15
ISBN 10: 0810141167
ISBN 13: 9780810141162
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

50 Concepts for a Critical Phenomenology Book Review:

Phenomenology, the philosophical method that seeks to uncover the taken-for-granted presuppositions, habits, and norms that structure everyday experience, is increasingly framed by ethical and political concerns. Critical phenomenology foregrounds experiences of marginalization, oppression, and power in order to identify and transform common experiences of injustice that render “the familiar” a site of oppression for many. In Fifty Concepts for a Critical Phenomenology, leading scholars present fresh readings of classic phenomenological topics and introduce newer concepts developed by feminist theorists, critical race theorists, disability theorists, and queer and trans theorists that capture aspects of lived experience that have traditionally been neglected. By centering historically marginalized perspectives, the chapters in this book breathe new life into the phenomenological tradition and reveal its ethical, social, and political promise. This volume will be an invaluable resource for teaching and research in continental philosophy; feminist, gender, and sexuality studies; critical race theory; disability studies; cultural studies; and critical theory more generally.

Bodies of Water

Bodies of Water
Author: Astrida Neimanis
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2017-01-26
ISBN 10: 1474275400
ISBN 13: 9781474275408
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bodies of Water Book Review:

Water is the element that, more than any other, ties human beings in to the world around them – from the oceans that surround us to the water that makes up most of our bodies. Exploring the cultural and philosophical implications of this fact, Bodies of Water develops an innovative new mode of posthuman feminist phenomenology that understands our bodies as being fundamentally part of the natural world and not separate from or privileged to it. Building on the works by Luce Irigaray, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Gilles Deleuze, Astrida Neimanis's book is a landmark study that brings a new feminist perspective to bear on ideas of embodiment and ecological ethics in the posthuman critical moment.

Willful Subjects

Willful Subjects
Author: Sara Ahmed
Publsiher: Duke University Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2014-07-28
ISBN 10: 0822376105
ISBN 13: 9780822376101
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Willful Subjects Book Review:

In Willful Subjects Sara Ahmed explores willfulness as a charge often made by some against others. One history of will is a history of attempts to eliminate willfulness from the will. Delving into philosophical and literary texts, Ahmed examines the relation between will and willfulness, ill will and good will, and the particular will and general will. Her reflections shed light on how will is embedded in a political and cultural landscape, how it is embodied, and how will and willfulness are socially mediated. Attentive to the wayward, the wandering, and the deviant, Ahmed considers how willfulness is taken up by those who have received its charge. Grounded in feminist, queer, and antiracist politics, her sui generis analysis of the willful subject, the figure who wills wrongly or wills too much, suggests that willfulness might be required to recover from the attempt at its elimination.

Differences that Matter

Differences that Matter
Author: Sara Ahmed
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 222
Release: 1998-11-26
ISBN 10: 9780521597616
ISBN 13: 0521597617
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Differences that Matter Book Review:

New theory of relationship between feminism and postmodernism, using close readings of literature, film, ethics.

Epistemology of the Closet

Epistemology of the Closet
Author: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 258
Release: 1990
ISBN 10: 9780520078741
ISBN 13: 0520078748
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Epistemology of the Closet Book Review:

Argues that questions of sexual definition are at the heart of every form of literature, and discusses the writings of Melville, James, Wilde, and Proust

What s the Use

What s the Use
Author: Sara Ahmed
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2019-10-25
ISBN 10: 9781478005841
ISBN 13: 147800584X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

What s the Use Book Review:

Continuing the work she began in The Promise of Happiness and Willful Subjects by taking up a single word and following its historical, intellectual, and political significance, Sara Ahmed explores how use operates as an organizing concept, technology of control, and tool for diversity work.

In a Queer Time and Place

In a Queer Time and Place
Author: Judith Halberstam
Publsiher: NYU Press
Total Pages: 213
Release: 2005-01-01
ISBN 10: 9780814735848
ISBN 13: 0814735843
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

In a Queer Time and Place Book Review:

What is the price of a limb? A child? Ethnicity? Love? In a world that is often ruled by buyers and sellers, those things that are often considered priceless become objects to be marketed and from which to earn a profit. Ranging from black market babies to exploitative sex trade operations to the marketing of race and culture, Rethinking Commodification presents an interdisciplinary collection of writings, including legal theory, case law, and original essays to reexamine the traditional legal question: ?To commodify or not to commodify?” In this pathbreaking course reader, Martha M. Ertman and Joan C. Williams present the legal cases and theories that laid the groundwork for traditional critiques of commodification, which tend to view the process as dehumanizing because it reduces all human interactions to economic transactions. This “canonical” section is followed by a selection of original essays that present alternative views of commodification based on the concept that commodification can have diverse meanings in a variety of social contexts. When viewed in this way, the commodification debate moves beyond whether or not commodification is good or bad, and is assessed instead on the quality of the social relationships and wider context that is involved in the transaction. Rethinking Commodification contains an excellent array of contemporary issues, including intellectual property, reparations for slavery, organ transplants, and sex work; and an equally stellar array of contributors, including Richard Posner, Margaret Jane Radin, Regina Austin, and many others.

Rise of the Videogame Zinesters

Rise of the Videogame Zinesters
Author: Anna Anthropy
Publsiher: Seven Stories Press
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2012-03-20
ISBN 10: 1609803728
ISBN 13: 9781609803728
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Rise of the Videogame Zinesters Book Review:

Part critical essay, part manifesto, part DIY guide, and altogether unprecedented, Rise of the Videogame Zinesters shows why the multi-billion dollar videogame industry needs to change—and how a new generation of artists can change it. Indie game designer extraordinaire Anna Anthropy makes an ardent plea for the industry to move beyond the corporate systems of production and misogynistic culture and to support games that represent a wider variety of human experiences. Rise of the Videogame Zinesters is a call to arms for anyone who's ever dreamed of making their own games. Anna’s guide to game design encourages budding designers to bring their unique backgrounds and experiences to their creations and widen the playing field of an industry that has for too long catered to an adolescent male consumer base. Anna’s newest game, Dys4ia, an autobiographical game about her experiences with hormone replacement therapy, has been featured in The Penny Arcade, IndieGames, and TigSource.

Marbles

Marbles
Author: Ellen Forney
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2012-11-06
ISBN 10: 1101617195
ISBN 13: 9781101617199
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Marbles Book Review:

Cartoonist Ellen Forney explores the relationship between “crazy” and “creative” in this graphic memoir of her bipolar disorder, woven with stories of famous bipolar artists and writers. Shortly before her thirtieth birthday, Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Flagrantly manic and terrified that medications would cause her to lose creativity, she began a years-long struggle to find mental stability while retaining her passions and creativity. Searching to make sense of the popular concept of the crazy artist, she finds inspiration from the lives and work of other artists and writers who suffered from mood disorders, including Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O’Keeffe, William Styron, and Sylvia Plath. She also researches the clinical aspects of bipolar disorder, including the strengths and limitations of various treatments and medications, and what studies tell us about the conundrum of attempting to “cure” an otherwise brilliant mind. Darkly funny and intensely personal, Forney’s memoir provides a visceral glimpse into the effects of a mood disorder on an artist’s work, as she shares her own story through bold black-and-white images and evocative prose.

Time Binds

Time Binds
Author: Elizabeth Freeman
Publsiher: Duke University Press
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2010-11-29
ISBN 10: 0822348047
ISBN 13: 9780822348047
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Time Binds Book Review:

By foregrounding bodily pleasure in the experience of time and its representation in queer literature, film, video, and art, Elizabeth Freeman challenges queer theory s recent emphasis on loss and trauma.

The Promise of Happiness

The Promise of Happiness
Author: Sara Ahmed
Publsiher: Duke University Press
Total Pages: 326
Release: 2010-03-16
ISBN 10: 082239278X
ISBN 13: 9780822392781
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Promise of Happiness Book Review:

The Promise of Happiness is a provocative cultural critique of the imperative to be happy. It asks what follows when we make our desires and even our own happiness conditional on the happiness of others: “I just want you to be happy”; “I’m happy if you’re happy.” Combining philosophy and feminist cultural studies, Sara Ahmed reveals the affective and moral work performed by the “happiness duty,” the expectation that we will be made happy by taking part in that which is deemed good, and that by being happy ourselves, we will make others happy. Ahmed maintains that happiness is a promise that directs us toward certain life choices and away from others. Happiness is promised to those willing to live their lives in the right way. Ahmed draws on the intellectual history of happiness, from classical accounts of ethics as the good life, through seventeenth-century writings on affect and the passions, eighteenth-century debates on virtue and education, and nineteenth-century utilitarianism. She engages with feminist, antiracist, and queer critics who have shown how happiness is used to justify social oppression, and how challenging oppression causes unhappiness. Reading novels and films including Mrs. Dalloway, The Well of Loneliness, Bend It Like Beckham, and Children of Men, Ahmed considers the plight of the figures who challenge and are challenged by the attribution of happiness to particular objects or social ideals: the feminist killjoy, the unhappy queer, the angry black woman, and the melancholic migrant. Through her readings she raises critical questions about the moral order imposed by the injunction to be happy.

Dramaturgy of Migration

Dramaturgy of Migration
Author: Yana Meerzon,Katharina Pewny
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 158
Release: 2019-10-11
ISBN 10: 1351270249
ISBN 13: 9781351270243
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dramaturgy of Migration Book Review:

Dramaturgy of Migration: Staging Multilingual Encounters in Contemporary Theatre examines the function of dramaturgy and the role of the dramaturg in making a theatre performance situated at the crossroads of multiple theatre forms and performative devices. This book explores how these forms and devices are employed, challenged, experimented with, and reflected upon in the work of migrant theatre by performance and dance artists. Meerzon and Pewny ask: What impact do peoples’ movement between continents, countries, cultures, and languages have on the process of meaning production in plays about migration created by migrant artists? What dramaturgical devices do migrant artists employ when they work in the context of multilingual production, with the texts written in many languages, and when staging performances that target multicultural and multilingual theatregoers? And, finally, how do the new multilingual practices of theatre writing and performance meet and transform the existing practices of postdramatic dramaturgies? By considering these questions in a global context, the editors explore the overlapping complexities of migratory performances with both range and depth. Ideal for scholars, students, and practitioners of theatre, dramaturgy, and devising, Dramaturgy of Migration expresses not only the practicalities of migratory performances but also the emotional responses of the artists who stage them.

The Habits of Racism

The Habits of Racism
Author: Helen Ngo
Publsiher: Lexington Books
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2017-08-16
ISBN 10: 1498534651
ISBN 13: 9781498534659
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Habits of Racism Book Review:

The Habits of Racism argues that the conceptual reworking of habit as bodily orientation helps to identify the more subtle but fundamental workings of racism, exploring what the lived experience of racism and racialization teaches about the nature of the embodied and socially-situated being.

Living a Feminist Life

Living a Feminist Life
Author: Sara Ahmed
Publsiher: Duke University Press
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2017-01-13
ISBN 10: 0822373378
ISBN 13: 9780822373377
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Living a Feminist Life Book Review:

In Living a Feminist Life Sara Ahmed shows how feminist theory is generated from everyday life and the ordinary experiences of being a feminist at home and at work. Building on legacies of feminist of color scholarship in particular, Ahmed offers a poetic and personal meditation on how feminists become estranged from worlds they critique—often by naming and calling attention to problems—and how feminists learn about worlds from their efforts to transform them. Ahmed also provides her most sustained commentary on the figure of the feminist killjoy introduced in her earlier work while showing how feminists create inventive solutions—such as forming support systems—to survive the shattering experiences of facing the walls of racism and sexism. The killjoy survival kit and killjoy manifesto, with which the book concludes, supply practical tools for how to live a feminist life, thereby strengthening the ties between the inventive creation of feminist theory and living a life that sustains it.

Queer Game Studies

Queer Game Studies
Author: Bonnie Ruberg,Adrienne Shaw
Publsiher: U of Minnesota Press
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2017-03-28
ISBN 10: 1452954631
ISBN 13: 9781452954639
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Queer Game Studies Book Review:

Video games have developed into a rich, growing field at many top universities, but they have rarely been considered from a queer perspective. Immersion in new worlds, video games seem to offer the perfect opportunity to explore the alterity that queer culture longs for, but often sexism and discrimination in gamer culture steal the spotlight. Queer Game Studies provides a welcome corrective, revealing the capacious albeit underappreciated communities that are making, playing, and studying queer games. These in-depth, diverse, and accessible essays use queerness to challenge the ideas that have dominated gaming discussions. Demonstrating the centrality of LGBTQ issues to the gamer world, they establish an alternative lens for examining this increasingly important culture. Queer Game Studies covers important subjects such as the representation of queer bodies, the casual misogyny prevalent in video games, the need for greater diversity in gamer culture, and reading popular games like Bayonetta, Mass Effect, and Metal Gear Solid from a queer perspective. Perfect for both everyday readers and instructors looking to add diversity to their courses, Queer Game Studies is the ideal introduction to the vast and vibrant realm of queer gaming. Contributors: Leigh Alexander; Gregory L. Bagnall, U of Rhode Island; Hanna Brady; Mattie Brice; Derek Burrill, U of California, Riverside; Edmond Y. Chang, U of Oregon; Naomi M. Clark; Katherine Cross, CUNY; Kim d’Amazing, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology; Aubrey Gabel, U of California, Berkeley; Christopher Goetz, U of Iowa; Jack Halberstam, U of Southern California; Todd Harper, U of Baltimore; Larissa Hjorth, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology; Chelsea Howe; Jesper Juul, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts; merritt kopas; Colleen Macklin, Parsons School of Design; Amanda Phillips, Georgetown U; Gabriela T. Richard, Pennsylvania State U; Toni Rocca; Sarah Schoemann, Georgia Institute of Technology; Kathryn Bond Stockton, U of Utah; Zoya Street, U of Lancaster; Peter Wonica; Robert Yang, Parsons School of Design; Jordan Youngblood, Eastern Connecticut State U.