Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity

José Esteban Muñoz (Author) Joshua Chambers-Letson (Foreword by)
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A 10th anniversary edition of this field defining work--an intellectual inspiration for a generation of LGBTQ scholars

Cruising Utopia arrived in 2009 to insist that queerness must be reimagined as a futurity-bound phenomenon, an insistence on the potentiality of another world that would crack open the pragmatic present. Part manifesto, part love-letter to the past and the future, Jos Esteban Mu oz argued that the here and now were not enough and issued an urgent call for the revivification of the queer political imagination.

On the anniversary of its original publication, this edition includes two essays that extend and expand the project of Cruising Utopia, as well as a new foreword by the current editors of Sexual Cultures, the book series he co-founded with Ann Pellegrini 20 years ago. This 10th anniversary edition celebrates the lasting impact that Cruising Utopia has had on the decade of queer of color critique that followed and introduces a new generation of readers to a future not yet here.-- "Publishers Weekly"

Product Details

Price
$25.00
Publisher
New York University Press
Publish Date
April 23, 2019
Pages
280
Dimensions
5.91 X 0.87 X 8.9 inches | 0.95 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."