Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity

José Esteban Muñoz (Author) Joshua Chambers-Letson (Foreword by)
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Price
$25.00
Publisher
New York University Press
Publish Date
April 23, 2019
Pages
280
Dimensions
5.91 X 8.9 X 0.87 inches | 0.85 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781479874569
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About the Author

José Esteban Muñoz (1967-2013) was Professor and Chair of Performance Studies at New York University. His works include Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics (1999), Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity (2009), as well as the forthcoming The Sense of Brown. He was co-editor of Pop Out: Queer Warhol (1996) and Everynight Life: Culture and Dance in Latin/o America (1997) and founding co-editor of the Sexual Cultures series at NYU Press.

Reviews

"Gay liberation's activist past and pragmatic present are merely prologue to a queer cultural future, Muñoz suggests in this critical condemnation of the political status quo. Casting his vision of a radical gay aesthetic through the prisms of literature, photography and performance, the author dismisses commonplace concerns like same-sex marriage as desires for "mere inclusion" in a "corrupt" mainstream. More defiantly, he exalts the persistence of commercial sex spaces in the face of 'antisex and homphobic policings, ' and celebrates the overlay of punk and queer in performance spaces."--Publishers Weekly
"Brilliant, extraordinary, and necessary, Muñoz's critical refusal of queer pragmatism, his commitment to the utopian force of the radical attempt--the radical aesthetic, erotic, and philosophical experiment--is indispensable in an historical moment characterized by political surrender and intellectual timidity passing itself off as boldness."