The Queer Art of Failure

The Queer Art of Failure

DIVProminent queer theorist offers a "low theory" of culture knowledge drawn from popular texts and films./div

Author: Judith Halberstam

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822350453

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 211

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The Queer Art of Failure is about finding alternatives - to conventional understandings of success in a heteronormative, capitalist society; to academic disciplines that confirm what is already known according to approved methods of knowing; and to cultural criticism that has extensively theorized hegemony but paid little attention to counter-hegemony. Judith Halberstam proposes "low theory" as a means of recovering ways of being and forms of knowledge not legitimized by existing systems and institutions. Low theory is derived from eccentric archives. It runs the risk of not being taken seriously. It entails a willingness to fail and to lose one's way. Tacking back and forth between high theory and low theory, high culture and low culture, Halberstam looks for the unexpected and subversive in popular culture, avant-garde performance, and queer art. She pays particular attention to animated children's films, contending that new forms of animation, especially CGI, have generated narratives filled with unexpected encounters between the childish, the transformative, and the queer. Dismantling contemporary logics of success, Halberstam demonstrates that failure sometimes offers more creative, cooperative, and surprising ways of being in the world.
Categories: Performing Arts

Tempo Tempo

Tempo  Tempo

Tempo, Tempo!: The Bauhaus Photomontages of Marianne Brandt~ISBN 3-936314-55-1 U.S. $35.00 / Hardcover, 8 x 10 in. / 160 pgs / 50 color and 60 b&w. ~Item / March / Art

Author: Marianne Brandt

Publisher: Jovis Verlag

ISBN: UOM:39015061009570

Category: Art

Page: 175

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Tempo, Tempo!: The Bauhaus Photomontages of Marianne Brandt~ISBN 3-936314-55-1 U.S. $35.00 / Hardcover, 8 x 10 in. / 160 pgs / 50 color and 60 b&w. ~Item / March / Art
Categories: Art

Mediating Vulnerability

Mediating Vulnerability

Halberstam, The Queer Art of Failure, 4. 39. On Quentin Crisp, see Halberstam, The Queer Art of Failure, 3; Engelberg, Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person, xiii. 40. Ehrenreich, Bright- Sided, cited in Halberstam, The Queer Art of Failure ...

Author: Anneleen Masschelein

Publisher: UCL Press

ISBN: 9781800081130

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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Mediating Vulnerability examines vulnerability from a range of connected perspectives. It responds to the vulnerability of species, their extinction but also their transformation. This tension between extreme danger and creativity is played out in literary studies through the pressures the discipline brings to bear on its own categories, particularly those of genre. Extinction and preservation on the one hand, transformation, adaptation and (re)mediation on the other. These two poles inform our comparative and interdisciplinary project. The volume is situated within the particular intercultural and intermedial context of contemporary cultural representation. Vulnerability is explored as a site of potential destruction, human as well as animal, but also as a site of potential openness. This is the first book to bring vulnerability studies into dialogue with media and genre studies. It is organised in four sections: ‘Human/Animal’; Violence/Resistance’; ‘Image/Narrative’; and ‘Medium/Genre’. Each chapter considers the intersection of vulnerability and genre from a comparative perspective, bringing together a team of international contributors and editors. The book is in dialogue with the reflections of Judith Butler and others on vulnerability, and it questions categories of genre through an interdisciplinary engagement with different representational forms, including digital culture, graphic novels, video games, photography and TV series, in addition to novels and short stories. It offers new readings of high-profile contemporary authors of fiction including Margaret Atwood and Cormac McCarthy, as well as bringing lesser-known figures to the fore.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Video Games Have Always Been Queer

Video Games Have Always Been Queer

What emerges from this juxtaposition is a call to challenge the belief that all players play to win and instead to embrace the “queer art of failing at video games.” The Art(s) of Failure: Juul and Halberstam Published less than two ...

Author: Bonnie Ruberg

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9781479859986

Category: Social Science

Page:

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Argues for the queer potential of video games While popular discussions about queerness in video games often focus on big-name, mainstream games that feature LGBTQ characters, like Mass Effect or Dragon Age, Bonnie Ruberg pushes the concept of queerness in games beyond a matter of representation, exploring how video games can be played, interpreted, and designed queerly, whether or not they include overtly LGBTQ content. Video Games Have Always Been Queer argues that the medium of video games itself can—and should—be read queerly. In the first book dedicated to bridging game studies and queer theory, Ruberg resists the common, reductive narrative that games are only now becoming more diverse. Revealing what reading D. A. Miller can bring to the popular 2007 video game Portal, or what Eve Sedgwick offers Pong, Ruberg models the ways game worlds offer players the opportunity to explore queer experience, affect, and desire. As players attempt to 'pass' in Octodad or explore the pleasure of failure in Burnout: Revenge, Ruberg asserts that, even within a dominant gaming culture that has proved to be openly hostile to those perceived as different, queer people have always belonged in video games—because video games have, in fact, always been queer.
Categories: Social Science

The New Samuel Beckett Studies

The New Samuel Beckett Studies

chapter 9 Beckett's Queer Art of Failure Calvin Thomas The queer art of failure turns on the impossible, the improbable, the unlikely, and the unremarkable. It quietly loses, and in losing it imagines other goals for life, for love, ...

Author: Jean-Michel Rabaté

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108471855

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 260

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Discusses the most recent advances in the Beckett field and the new methods used to approach it.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Theologies of Failure

Theologies of Failure

It is true that looking to failure to open up an alternative way of being may be read as both utopian and nihilist. Halberstam counters this by refusing to counter: failure is a decisively queer art, one that comes out of the concrete ...

Author: Robert Sirvent

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9780227177136

Category: Religion

Page: 258

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What does failure mean for theology? In the Bible, we find some unsettling answers to this question. We find lastness usurping firstness, and foolishness undoing wisdom. We discover, too, a weakness more potent than strength, and a loss of life that is essential to finding life. Jesus himself offers an array of paradoxes and puzzles through his life and teachings. He even submits himself to humiliation and death to show the cosmos the true meaning of victory. As David Bentley Hart observes, “most of us would find Christians truly cast in the New Testament mold fairly obnoxious: civically reprobate, ideologically unsound, economically destructive, politically irresponsible, socially discreditable, and really just a bit indecent.” By incorporating the work of scholars working with a range of frameworks within the Christian tradition, Theologies of Failure aims to offer a unique and important contribution on understanding and embracing failure as a pivotal theological category. As the various contributors highlight, it is a category with a powerful capacity for illuminating our theological concerns and perspectives. It is a category that frees us to see old ideas in a brand-new light, and helps to foster an awareness of ideas that certain modes of analysis may have obscured from our vision. In short, this book invites readers to consider how both theology and failure can help us ask new questions, discover new possibilities, and refuse the ways of the world.
Categories: Religion

Wild Things

Wild Things

In Wild Things Jack Halberstam offers an alternative history of sexuality by tracing the ways in which wildness has been associated with queerness and queer bodies throughout the twentieth century.

Author: Jack Halberstam

Publisher: Perverse Modernities: A Series

ISBN: 1478010037

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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Jack Halberstam offers an alternative history of sexuality by tracing the ways in which the wild--a space located beyond normative borders of sexuality--offers sources of opposition to knowing and being that transgress Euro-American notions of the modern subject.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Companion to Feminist Studies

Companion to Feminist Studies

This allows Halberstam to define the queer art of failure as an anti‐capitalist and queer struggle, as an “anticolonial struggle, the refusal of legibility, and an art of unbecoming” (2011, p. 88). According to Halberstam, “the queer ...

Author: Nancy A. Naples

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119314950

Category: Social Science

Page: 496

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A comprehensive overview of feminist scholarship edited by an internationally recognized and leading figure in the field Companion to Feminist Studies provides a broad overview of the rich history and the multitude of approaches, theories, concepts, and debates central to this dynamic interdisciplinary field. Comprehensive yet accessible, this edited volume offers expert insights from contributors of diverse academic, national, and activist backgrounds—discussing contemporary research and themes while offering international, postcolonial, and intersectional perspectives on social, political, cultural, and economic institutions, social media, social justice movements, everyday discourse, and more. Organized around three different dimensions of Feminist Studies, the Companion begins by exploring ten theoretical frameworks, including feminist epistemologies examining Marxist and Socialist Feminism, the activism of radical feminists, the contributions of Black feminist thought, and interrelated approaches to the fluidity of gender and sexuality. The second section focuses on methodologies and analytical frameworks developed by feminist scholars, including empiricists, economists, ethnographers, cultural analysts, and historiographers. The volume concludes with detailed discussion of the many ways in which pedagogy, political ecology, social justice, globalization, and other areas within Feminist Studies are shaped by feminism in practice. A major contribution to scholarship on both the theoretical foundations and contemporary debates in the field, this volume: Provides an international and interdisciplinary range of the essays of high relevance to scholars, students, and practitioners alike Examines various historical and modern approaches to the analysis of gender and sexual differences Addresses timely issues such as the difference between radical and cultural feminism, the lack of women working as scientists in academia and other research positions, and how activism continues to reformulate feminist approaches Draws insight from the positionality of postcolonial, comparative and transnational feminists Explores how gender, class, and race intersect to shape women’s experiences and inform their perspectives Companion to Feminist Studies is an essential resource for students and faculty in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Feminist Studies programs, and related disciplines including anthropology, psychology, history, political science, and sociology, and for researchers, scholars, practitioners, policymakers, activists, and advocates working on issues related to gender, sexuality, and social justice.
Categories: Social Science

Women s Fiction and Post 9 11 Contexts

Women s Fiction and Post 9 11 Contexts

See Judith Butler's Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence (New York & London: Verso, 2004) and Judith Halberstam's The Queer Art of Failure (Durham: Duke UP, 2011). 24. Lee Edelman, “Antagonism, Negativity and the Subject ...

Author: Peter Childs

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498500968

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 238

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Rather than accept that there is a single body of literature that can be labeled “women’s writing,” this volume explores the ways in which twenty-first-century crises have problematized identity, literature, and narration.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Gaming Representation

Gaming Representation

Jack Halberstam, The Queer Art of Failure (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011), 2; Lee Edelman, No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2004), 4; Kathryn Bond Stockton, The Queer Child, ...

Author: Jennifer Malkowski

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253026606

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 276

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Recent years have seen an increase in public attention to identity and representation in video games, including journalists and bloggers holding the digital game industry accountable for the discrimination routinely endured by female gamers, queer gamers, and gamers of color. Video game developers are responding to these critiques, but scholarly discussion of representation in games has lagged far behind. Gaming Representation examines portrayals of race, gender, and sexuality in a range of games, from casuals like Diner Dash, to indies like Journey and The Binding of Isaac, to mainstream games from the Grand Theft Auto, BioShock, Spec Ops, The Last of Us, and Max Payne franchises. Arguing that representation and identity function as systems in games that share a stronger connection to code and platforms than it may first appear, the contributors to this volume push gaming scholarship to new levels of inquiry, theorizing, and imagination.
Categories: Games & Activities