Lee Edelman – No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive
September 10, 2012 § Leave a comment
For September 16th and 23rd we will begin reading No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive by Lee Edelman.
September 16th we will read pages 1-66 (The Future is Kid Stuff and Sinthomosexuality)
September 23rd we will read pages 67-154 (Compassion’s Compulsion and No Future)
Leo Bersani wrote of his most recent book, No Future, “In consistently brilliant theoretical discussions (for the most part, psychoanalytically inspired), as well as in strikingly original readings of Dickens, George Eliot, and Hitchcock, Lee Edelman argues that in a political culture dominated by the sentimental illusions and frequently murderous moral imperatives of ‘reproductive futurism, ‘ homosexuality has been assigned—and should deliberately and defiantly take on—the burden of a negativity at once embedded within and violently disavowed by that culture. The paradoxical dignity of queerness would be its refusal to believe in a redemptive future, its embrace of the unintelligibility, even the inhumanity inherent in sexuality. Edelman’s extraordinary text is so powerful that we could perhaps reproach him only for not spelling out the mode in which we might survive our necessary assent to his argument.”