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José Esteban Munoz: Cruising Utopia

José Esteban Munoz: Cruising Utopia

The Then and There of Queer Futurity. USA 2009, 223 pp., brochure,  29.99
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New York University Press
The LGBT agenda has for too long been dominated by pragmatic issues like same-sex marriage and gays in the military. It has been stifled by this myopic focus on the present, which is short-sighted and assimilationist. But gay liberation's activist past and pragmatic present are merely prologue to a queer cultural future, the author of »Cruising Utopia« suggests in this 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« into a »corrupt« mainstream. He seeks to break the present stagnancy by cruising ahead. Drawing on the work of Ernst Bloch, Munoz recalls the queer past for guidance in presaging its future. »We may never touch queerness, but we can feel it as the warm illumination of a horizon imbued with potentiality, an ideality that can be distilled from the past and used to imagine a future.«
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