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José Esteban Muñoz

Cruiser l’utopie – L’après et ailleurs de l’advenir queer


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Cruiser l’utopie is the result of more than ten years of research into the queer potentialities that José Esteban Muñoz observes in the artistic and literary practices of the 1960s and 1970s in New York and Los Angeles, practices that allow him to illuminate the design of a future well beyond the dominant reproductive heteronormativity.
Cruising Utopia describes a movement, a drifting advance between theory, philosophical approach, art criticism and personal narrative. The works cited, narrated, are mixed with family or individual narrative and more academic considerations. This practice of queer theory and aesthetics is part of a new interpretation of hope as seen by philosopher Ernst Bloch, articulated with black radical thought and the poetic research of authors likeFred Moten and Eileen Myles. Muñoz looks at the period of the Stonewall revolts (1969) and analyzes, for example, the works of Frank O’Hara, Andy Warhol, Kevin Aviance, Samuel R. Delany, Fred Herko, LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka, Ray Johnson and Jill Johnston. Queer theory as a study has a new way of researching and writing, a form of hybridity between philosophy and cultural studies. The critique is, as if by anticipation, contained in the counter-normative artistic practice and everyday life whose narratives, both subjective and historical, suggest a queer coming-to-be, a place of transformation and liberation. The text, translated by Alice Wambergue, is accompanied by a preface byÉlisabeth Lebovici and a poem by Fred Moten.
  • date of publication : September 2021
  • language : FR
  • pages : 328 p.
  • format : 19.5 x 16 x 2
  • tirage : Translated from English by Alice Wambergue (original title : Cruising Utopia: the Then and There of Queer Futurity, New York University Press, 2009).
  • binding : Invisible binding
  • ISBN : 9782956870029
  • publishers : Brook
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