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- Queer studies: where but here?
- The University of Newcastle. Faculty of Education & Arts, School of Humanities and Social Science
- When Michael Warner published Fear of a Queer Planet (1991, 1993) the title left itself open to a number of interpretations. One of them was that the queer planet was a possible future, something to be achieved. But the ever-growing body of literature in queer theory leaves little doubt that the planet has always been very queer, although it has rarely been recognised as such. Nonetheless some theorists, including one presenter at a recent conference, are already using the term ‘post-queer’. In an environment where globalised multimedia accelerate the diffusion of new knowledge and understanding (for the affluent and educated), even the most original ideas can expect to have ‘post-’ prefixed to them as soon as they begin to be popularised. So the question arises as to whether the ‘queer revolution’ was nothing but a quirky phase in the late twentieth-century comedy of manners being played out within the academy, select locales such as Greenwich Village, Soho or Surry Hills, and the broader arena of sexual politics. It may indeed have been that. But this paper argues that it was, and continues to be, a whole lot more. To understand why, it is important at the outset to distinguish between ‘queer’ as it has been applied to a social movement, and ‘queer theory’ as a philosophical insight.
- Inter-Cultural Studies Vol. 4, Issue 1, p. 9-18
- University of Newcastle, School of Humanities and Social Science
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