After Queer Theory: The Limits of Sexual Politics

After Queer Theory: The Limits of Sexual Politics

By: James Penney (author)Paperback

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After Queer Theory makes the provocative claim that queer theory has run its course, made obsolete by the elaboration of its own logic within capitalism. James Penney argues that far from signalling the end of anti-homophobic criticism, however, the end of queer presents the occasion to rethink the relation between sexuality and politics. Through a critical return to Marxism and psychoanalysis (Freud and Lacan), Penney insists that the way to implant sexuality in the field of political antagonism is paradoxically to abandon the exhausted premise of a politicised sexuality. After Queer Theory argues that it is necessary to wrest sexuality from the dead end of identity politics, opening it up to a universal emancipatory struggle beyond the reach of capitalism's powers of commodification.

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James Penney teaches cultural theory at Trent University, Canada. He is the author of The Structures of Love: Art and Politics beyond the Transference (2012), and The World of Perversion: Psychoanalysis and the Impossible Absolute of Desire (2006).


Introduction: After Queer Theory: Manifesto And Consequences 1: Currents Of Queer 2: The Universal Alternative 3: Is There A Queer Marxism? 4: Capitalism And Schizoanalysis 5: The Sameness Of Sexual Difference 6: From The Antisocial To The Immortal Notes Index

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  • publication date: 08/11/2013
  • ISBN13: 9780745333786
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9780745333786
  • weight: 318
  • ISBN10: 0745333788

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