Queer Temporalities

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Queer Temporalities
Journal Issue Pages: 276 Volume 13, Number 2-3 Published: 2007 An issue of GLQ
This special issue of GLQ offers new essays on the sexual politics of time, history, and sequentiality—and on the temporal poetics of sexual practices and erotic ways of being in the world. In queer theory’s inception as a mode of critical inquiry, it often focused on space: social geographies, the metaphors of closet and stage, the terrain of the body, the politics of borders and boundaries. Latent and sometimes unremarked in these explorations were powerful theories of time. Now new queer theory, often returning to mine the temporal aspects of this earlier work and taking further cues from postcolonial and critical race theory, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, Foucauldian genealogy, and, more recently, such domains as physics and the biological sciences, has seen an efflorescence of work on the power of the untimely. Central to this scholarship is a commitment to the nonpunctuality of “queer” itself—its status in the academy and on the streets as at once a critical avant-garde and an obsolete commodity, a productively failed political project and an as-yet-unrealized utopia.

The contributors to this issue include filmmakers and scholars in anthropology, history, film and literary criticism, performance studies, postcolonial studies, U.S. ethnic studies, and women and gender studies. They take on such diverse topics as the resurgence of martyrdom in the global economy, the movements for and against gay marriage, the chronopolitics of white middle-class family values, the queer utopias glimmering out of Black Arts drama, the state’s hijacking of mourning rituals in Sri Lanka, the killer child, poetic collaboration, female-female incest, and pedophilia. They offer a rich array of figures for the powerful untimeliness of sexual alterity—the coincidence, the specter, the not-yet, the pause, loitering—all of which resist the seductive notion that heterosexual normativity, or even contemporary gay and lesbian identity, is a sign of progress.


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1. Introduction–Elizabeth Freeman

2. Theorizing Queer Temporalities: A Roundtable Discussion–Carolyn Dinshaw, Lee Edelman, Roderick A. Ferguson, Carla Freccero, Elizabeth freeman, Judith Halberstam, Annamarie Jagose, Christopher Nealon, Nguyen Tan Hoang

3. Unbinding the Flesh in the Time That Remains: Crusader Martyrdom Then and Now–Kathleen Biddick

4. When Marriage Falls: Queer Coincidences in Straight Time–Tom Boellstorff

5. Coming Around Again: The Queer Momentum of Far from Heaven–Dana Luciano

6. Time to Tell: How to Tell the Proper Time? Finance and Cinema–Geeta Patel

7. Feeling Like Killing? Queer Temporalities of Murderous Motives among Queer Children– Kathryn Bond Stockton

8. “What Time We Kiss”: Michael Field’s Queer Temporalities–Kate Thomas

9. Cruising the Toilet: LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka, Radical Black Traditions, and Queer Futurity–José Esteban Muñoz

10. Moving Image Review: Imagining Intergenerationality: Representation and Rhetoric in the Pedophile Movie–Jon Davies

11. Book Review: World Enough: Sex and Time in Recent Queer Studies–Peter Coviello

12. Books in Brief

Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame: Where “Black” Meets “Queer” by Kathryn Bond Stockton–Tavia Nyong’o

13. The Politics of Passion: Women’s Sexual Culture in the Afro-Surinamese Diaspora by Gloria Wekker–Jacqueline Nassy Brown

14. Sowing Empire: Landscape and Colonization by Jill Casid–Srinivas Aravamudan

15. Between You and Me: Queer Disclosures in the New York Art World, 1948–1963 by Gavin Butt–Frazer Ward

16. Sodom on the Thames: Sex, Love, and Scandal in Wilde Times by Morris B. Kaplan–David Namie

17. About the Contributors

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