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Queer Coal: Genealogies in/of the Blood

Queer Coal: Genealogies in/of the Blood Kathryn Yusoff Introduction An inhuman equation A genealogical account of coal ± a solar line of descent Solar -/- plant -/- coal plant minor/miner bloodline Fossil fuels are dark and patient and have a history that is in/of the blood. Fossil fuels are pockets of sunshine that have a solar line of descent. Fossil fuels are a chemical "blood knowledge" (Cixous 1991, 103) that coheres at the seam, coal face, plant, and picket line. A genealogical account of coal in the Anthropocene must go in two directions: into the specificities of bodies, sites, and political formations in which coal comes to matter and through inhuman agency and its continuance notwithstanding the human (as if the human, like Bataille has claimed, is a roundabout for energy, a mere diversion of the forces of the cosmos). If the global claim for geologic force in the Anthropocene is realised through the liberation of vast standing stocks of fossil fuels by major powers, then slicing through Anthropocenic monumentality requires a deliberately minor/miner cut, which is made here through underground passages, sexual politics, and queer solidarities to explore the inter-implications of substances and subjects in coal mining; explicitly, mining is considered as an http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png philoSOPHIA suny_press

Queer Coal: Genealogies in/of the Blood

philoSOPHIA , Volume 5 (2) – Feb 3, 2015

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Kathryn Yusoff Introduction An inhuman equation A genealogical account of coal ± a solar line of descent Solar -/- plant -/- coal plant minor/miner bloodline Fossil fuels are dark and patient and have a history that is in/of the blood. Fossil fuels are pockets of sunshine that have a solar line of descent. Fossil fuels are a chemical "blood knowledge" (Cixous 1991, 103) that coheres at the seam, coal face, plant, and picket line. A genealogical account of coal in the Anthropocene must go in two directions: into the specificities of bodies, sites, and political formations in which coal comes to matter and through inhuman agency and its continuance notwithstanding the human (as if the human, like Bataille has claimed, is a roundabout for energy, a mere diversion of the forces of the cosmos). If the global claim for geologic force in the Anthropocene is realised through the liberation of vast standing stocks of fossil fuels by major powers, then slicing through Anthropocenic monumentality requires a deliberately minor/miner cut, which is made here through underground passages, sexual politics, and queer solidarities to explore the inter-implications of substances and subjects in coal mining; explicitly, mining is considered as an

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