Cruising Utopia, 10th Anniversary Edition: The Then and There of Queer Futurity (Anniversary)

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About the Author

José Esteban Muñoz (Author)
José Esteban Muñoz (1967-2013) was Professor and Chair of Performance Studies at New York University. He was the author of Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics (1999), Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity (10th Anniversary Edition, 2019), and The Sense of Brown (2020). 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.

Joshua Chambers-Letson (Foreword by)
Joshua Chambers-Letson is Associate Professor of Performance Studies at Northwestern University and author of After the Party: A Manifesto for Queer of Color Life (2018).

Tavia Nyong'o (Foreword by)
Tavia Nyong'o is Professor of African American Studies, American Studies, and Theater & Performance Studies at Yale University and the author of Afro-Fabulations: The Queer Drama of Black Life (2018).

Ann Pellegrini (Foreword by)
Ann Pellegrini is Professor of Performance Studies and Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU and author of Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance (NYU, 2003).


"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."