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This edition was published in by Duke University Press in Durham.

Written in English

211 pages

"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 claims to break new ground but cleaves to conventional archives. Judith Halberstam proposes “low theory” as a mode of thinking and writing that operates at many different levels at once. 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, to pursue difficult questions about complicity, and to find counterintuitive forms of resistance. 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, revealing narratives filled with unexpected encounters between the childish, the transformative, and the queer. Failure sometimes offers more creative, cooperative, and surprising ways of being in the world, even as it forces us to face the dark side of life, love, and libido."

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"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 claims to break new ground but cleaves to conventional archives. Judith Halberstam proposes “low theory” as a mode of thinking and writing that operates at many different levels at once. 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, to pursue difficult questions about complicity, and to find counterintuitive forms of resistance. 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, revealing narratives filled with unexpected encounters between the childish, the transformative, and the queer. Failure sometimes offers more creative, cooperative, and surprising ways of being in the world, even as it forces us to face the dark side of life, love, and libido."

The queer art of failure

This edition was published in by Duke University Press in Durham.


Table of Contents

Introduction : low theory
Animating revolt and revolting animation
Dude, where's my phallus? forgetting, losing, looping
The queer art of failure
Shadow feminisms : queer negativity and radical passivity
"The killer in me is the killer in you" : homosexuality and fascism
Animating failure: ending, fleeing, surviving.

Edition Notes

"A John Hope Franklin Center Book."

Includes bibliographical references (p. [189]-199) and index.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
121
Library of Congress
BD175 .H33 2011, BD175.H33 2011

The Physical Object

Pagination
xii, 211 p. :
Number of pages
211

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL25108989M
ISBN 13
9780822350286, 9780822350453
LC Control Number
2011010762
Wikidata
Q57233214

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