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Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity (Sexual Cultures)


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The LGBT agenda for too long has been dominated by pragmatic issues like same-sex marriage and gays in the military. It has been stifled by this myopic focus on the present, which is short-sighted and assimilationist.

Cruising Utopia seeks to break the present stagnancy by cruising ahead. Drawing on the work of Ernst Bloch, José Esteban Muñoz recalls the queer past for guidance in presaging its future. He considers the work of seminal artists and writers such as Andy Warhol, LeRoi Jones, Frank OHara, Ray Johnson, Fred Herko, Samuel Delany, and Elizabeth Bishop, alongside contemporary performance and visual artists like Dynasty Handbag, My Barbarian, Luke Dowd, Tony Just, and Kevin McCarty in order to decipher the anticipatory illumination of art and its uncanny ability to open windows to the future.

In a startling repudiation of what the LGBT movement has held dear, Muñoz contends that queerness is instead a futurity bound phenomenon, a "not yet here" that critically engages pragmatic presentism. Part manifesto, part love-letter to the past and the future, Cruising Utopia argues that the here and now are not enough and issues an urgent call for the revivification of the queer political imagination.

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José Esteban Muñoz is associate professor and chair of performance studies at NYU. He is author of Disidentifications and co-editor of Pop Out and Everynight Life.

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EmmaGoldman, January 10, 2011 (view all comments by EmmaGoldman)
This book is amazing. Whereas most contemporary intellectual work focuses on deconstructing existing paradigms, Munoz takes up a radical position of hope, suggesting that we can find moments of utopic possibility in the everyday. Munoz's writing is smooth and eloquent, a rare trait amongst queer theorists and, honestly, academics in general. It's still theory, so you won't breeze through it, but it is definitely worth the investment. This book isn't just about finding a way to think about how those of us who are positioned in opposition to heterosexual reproduction can think about being invested in the future without having to resort to "kid stuff". It's also about finding hope and possibility in our day-to-day acts of resistance. I highly recommend it.
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Munoz, Jose Esteban
New York University Press
Zimbalist, Andrew
Munoz, Jose
Gay Studies
Queer theory.
Lesbian Studies
Criticism -- Theory.
Gay and Lesbian-General
Labor & Industrial Relations
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Sexual Cultures
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