Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics
By (author) Jose Esteban Munoz
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Disidentifications by Jose Esteban Munoz
Book DescriptionThere is more to identity than identifying with one s culture or standing solidly against it. Jose Esteban Munoz looks at how those outside the racial and sexual mainstream negotiate majority culture not by aligning themselves with or against exclusionary works but rather by transforming these works for their own cultural purposes. Munoz calls this process disidentification, and through a study of its workings, he develops a new perspective on minority performance, survival, and activism."Disidentifications" is also something of a performance in its own right, an attempt to fashion a queer world by working on, with, and against dominant ideology. By examining the process of identification in the work of filmmakers, performance artists, ethnographers, Cuban choteo, forms of gay male mass culture (such as pornography), museums, art photography, camp and drag, and television, Munoz persistently points to the intersecting and short-circuiting of identities and desires that result from misalignments with the cultural and ideological mainstream in contemporary urban America.Munoz calls attention to the world-making properties found in performances by queers of color in Carmelita Tropicana s Camp/Choteo style politics, Marga Gomez s performances of queer childhood, Vaginal Creme Davis s Terrorist Drag, Isaac Julien s critical melancholia, Jean-Michel Basquiat s disidentification with Andy Warhol and pop art, Felix Gonzalez-Torres s performances of disidentity, and the political performance of Pedro Zamora, a person with AIDS, within the otherwise artificial environment of the MTV serialThe Real World."""
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780816630158
(254mm x 178mm x 13mm)
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 1-May-1999
Country of Publication: United States
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The LGBT agenda has been dominated by pragmatic issues like same-sex marriage and gays in the military. This book contends that queerness is instead a futurity bound phenomenon, a 'not yet here' that critically engages pragmatic presentism.
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Author Biography - Jose Esteban Munoz
Jose Esteban Munoz (1967 2013) was assistant professor of performance studies at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University."
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