The Queen of America Goes to Washington City: Essays on Sex and Citizenship

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$27.95
Publisher
Duke University Press
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Pages
320
Dimensions
5.92 X 9.29 X 0.97 inches | 1.13 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780822319245
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About the Author

Lauren Berlant is Professor of English at the University of Chicago. She is coeditor of Critical Inquiry and Public Culture and author of The Anatomy of National Fantasy.

Reviews

"Berlant offers a trenchant genealogy of the imaginary realm of citizenship, resituating cultural contests over sex, race, and nation as conflicts over the defining fantasies of public life. Few cultural critics move with as much skill and insight between debates over the public sphere and how best to read pornography. This text links the analytic concerns of cultural studies with the fugitive struggles over the imaginable bounds of citizenship. A keen and disarming book."--Judith Butler
"Taking her (counter)cue from that celebrated sitcom of American life, 'The Reagan Years, ' Lauren Berlant makes an exhilarating argument for a theory of 'comedic' citizenship. What happens when the collusive myths of the 'common culture' become obsessed and estranged by the fraying and freeing of the American people--plurally identified, demographically diverse, sexually ambivalent, culturally mongrel? Berlant's wit and insight lie in going with the 'silliness' of everyday existence, inhabiting its persuasive, popular forms, and then, in ways you least expect, throwing up a devastating picture of the way we live now."--Homi K. Bhabha