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“Queer”

“Queer” Ryan Wander I propose that we understand “queer” as an analytic keyword whose adjectival (as in queer theory), noun (as in persons who iden- tify as queers), and verbal (as in to queer the West) forms are all in- tegral to the past, present, and future of western American cultural production and scholarship. I propose this understanding not in an imperialistic or totalizing spirit but in the denaturalizing spirit— the thinking otherwise approach— that informs the theoretical and political promise of queer thought within and beyond western American literary and cultural studies. Th is notion of “thinking otherwise” has its roots in poststructuralist approaches to lan- guage, history, and knowledge, such as Derridean deconstruction and Foucauldian genealogy. To engage in queer thought is to ex- amine, destabilize, and undo the (binary) categories through which we experience and know our own and others’ sex, sexuality, and gender. When queer studies scholars think otherwise, we engage in projects that imagine new modes of identity and sociality, family and futurity. What we imagine are new worlds. Th e terms “queer” and “queer theory” are notoriously slippery, and purposefully so. As poststructuralist formations, they are not really terms within a politics of identity; http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Western American Literature The Western Literature Association

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The Western Literature Association
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1948-7142

Abstract

Ryan Wander I propose that we understand “queer” as an analytic keyword whose adjectival (as in queer theory), noun (as in persons who iden- tify as queers), and verbal (as in to queer the West) forms are all in- tegral to the past, present, and future of western American cultural production and scholarship. I propose this understanding not in an imperialistic or totalizing spirit but in the denaturalizing spirit— the thinking otherwise approach— that informs the theoretical and political promise of queer thought within and beyond western American literary and cultural studies. Th is notion of “thinking otherwise” has its roots in poststructuralist approaches to lan- guage, history, and knowledge, such as Derridean deconstruction and Foucauldian genealogy. To engage in queer thought is to ex- amine, destabilize, and undo the (binary) categories through which we experience and know our own and others’ sex, sexuality, and gender. When queer studies scholars think otherwise, we engage in projects that imagine new modes of identity and sociality, family and futurity. What we imagine are new worlds. Th e terms “queer” and “queer theory” are notoriously slippery, and purposefully so. As poststructuralist formations, they are not really terms within a politics of identity;

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Western American LiteratureThe Western Literature Association

Published: Jun 1, 2018

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