By James Penney
After Queer Theory makes the provocative declare that queer thought has run its direction, made out of date by means of the elaboration of its personal good judgment inside of capitalism. James Penney argues that faraway from signalling the top of anti-homophobic feedback, notwithstanding, the tip of queer provides the social gathering to reconsider the relation among sexuality and politics.
Through a serious go back to Marxism and psychoanalysis (Freud and Lacan), Penney insists that find out how to implant sexuality within the box of political antagonism is satirically to desert the exhausted premise of a politicised sexuality.
After Queer Theory argues that it will be significant to wrest sexuality from the lifeless finish of id politics, establishing it as much as a common emancipatory fight past the achieve of capitalism's powers of commodification.
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For her part, Puar tries to spell out the logic of the relation between the exception and the exceptional with a vague reference to Derrida’s idea of ‘hauntology, in which the ghosts, the absent presences’, she writes, ‘infuse ontology with a difference’ (4). While this reference to deconstruction offers 37 Penney T02732 01 text 37 08/10/2013 08:16 after queer theory only a philosophically sophomoric tie-in to the problem of being, psychoanalysis, through its concept of the symptom, precisely defines the contours of the relation between the two phenomena with which Puar is concerned.
These assumptions moved beyond the conceptual reach of a Marxist tradition now exposed as insufficiently cognisant of cultural and sexual differences. While there have been instances of the subversive eruption of feminine and minority voices claiming rights in the name of a variously configured difference throughout the modern era, including within Marxism itself, it’s only since the invention of sexuality as a field of scientific inquiry in the nineteenth century that subjects have presented their interests in the public sphere as different, not on account of any objectively identifiable trait such as race or sex, but rather on account of their desire.
These alternative discourses instead choose a more complex and dialectical way of thinking about the relation of consciousness to the real in its interrelated psychical and socioeconomic aspects. In the final analysis, it’s not at all clear that the decision merely not to follow certain conventional lifestyle paths amounts to a politics that will in any way threaten the social and economic status quo. However we decide to think about what some will insist on calling ‘queer experience’, this experience remains both historical and overdetermined by the unconscious.
After Queer Theory : The Limits of Sexual Politics by James Penney