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Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity A Th Anniversary Edition Of This Field Defining Work An Intellectual Inspiration For A Generation Of LGBTQ Scholars Cruising Utopia Arrived In To Insist That Queerness Must Be Reimagined As A Futurity Bound Phenomenon, An Insistence On The Potentiality Of Another World That Would Crack Open The Pragmatic Present Part Manifesto, Part Love Letter To The Past And The Future, Jos Esteban Mu Oz Argued That The Here And Now Were Not Enough And Issued An Urgent Call For The Revivification Of The Queer Political Imagination On The Anniversary Of Its Original Publication, This Edition Includes Two Essays That Extend And Expand The Project Of Cruising Utopia, As Well As A New Foreword By The Current Editors Of Sexual Cultures, The Book Series He Co Founded With Ann Pellegrini Years Ago This Th Anniversary Edition Celebrates The Lasting Impact That Cruising Utopia Has Had On The Decade Of Queer Of Color Critique That Followed And Introduces A New Generation Of Readers To A Future Not Yet Here

  • Hardcover
  • 280 pages
  • Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity
  • José Esteban Muñoz
  • 24 October 2019
  • 9781479813780

About the Author: José Esteban Muñoz

Jos Esteban Mu oz was a writer and scholar living in New York City He taught at and served as chair of the department of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.



10 thoughts on “Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity

  1. says:

    Mu oz is a brilliant close reader and I wished the scope of this academic project allowed for of that I mean the chapter connecting vogueing to Elizabeth Bishop, or the discourse on how camo is queer, and countless others of the many critical reading sections all genius I was less compelled by the actual overarching theme of seeking utopia and making the world a better place by dreaming of the future To call it naive is wrong because nothing about this book s ideas is anything but utterly sophisticated, I just wasn t compelled by that as a guiding force Still, this is an essential required reading for those promoting an alternative homosexual agenda, especially those ole gays such as myself who feel disheartened by the majoritarian, normative, capitalist pig focus of the gay world today If you spit on HRC s grave, this is the book for you.

  2. says:

    I picked this up off the new books shelf at the library because the title caught my eye, but was really disappointed in it Since he is explicitly critiquing the current LGBT movement, I had hopes that his queer wasn t a synonym for gay men as it and LGBT, really so often is Alas, while there are a handful of lesbians here and there and an aside about a trans friend, this book is totally about gay men, mainly pre AIDS gay male culture and art return return I could have rolled with that if the book had otherwise been interesting, but the academic language made it difficult for me to read, plus the whole thing lacked cohesion and just felt like a collection of essays about this art period he liked rather than something that was building towards a whole Also, mainly he talked about what he liked about queer movements in the past, and what I had picked up the book hoping for was a critique of the current LGBT movement But other than saying he doesn t like it, he doesn t really go into it at all.

  3. says:

    Exquisite Jos Mu oz s academic partiality to performance studies greatly enhances his argument for queer futurity That is to say, Mu oz exemplifies the necessity for change embodied in time and space, and the constant re consideration s of hope and potentiality inherent in queer Otherness Where the text lacks rhetorical frankness, it excels in intellectual thought, adds to the critical advancement of queer thought that continues to challenge queer assimilation into popular, heteronormative culture.

  4. says:

    I wasn t totally sold on a lot of the philosophical moves he pulled but overall i thought this book was pretty fucking entertaining I mostly really liked his choice of case studies subjects and how he picked art, stories, and cultural artifacts that he liked and believed in and built his book around them.

  5. says:

    First of all, it s always a joy to find an academically dense, intellectually rigorous book that also happens to be beautifully composed and fun to read Mu oz accomplishes that difficult task with seeming ease I really enjoyed this rebuttal to Edelman s No Future Mu oz offers a view of queer utopia that recognizes queerness as the coming potentiality, something that has not yet arrived, a hopeful future beyond normativity and reproductive futurism He engages with queer photography, art, literature, and performance as windows into the possibility of queer utopia Mu oz offers a radical political vision and critique, but does not fall into the trap of sheer negativity present in so much criticism He retains a thread of hope A hope in the possibility of not becoming weighed down in pragmatic political debates about marriage and gay rights A hope for the coming anti normative queer potentiality.

  6. says:

    This was a really academically fun and comprehensive book pulling from an enormous multitude of other texts performances bodies to argue the necessity of imaginative world building That said, it was a let down to have so many of those sources be almost exclusively men,mostly cis, mostly able bodied, mostly thin.

  7. says:

    Just exquisite Mu oz is doing amazing things here, carving out space for considering utopia in different ways He speaks back to Edelman and Bersani in important and I think constructive ways, and his analysis of different artists and performers just sweeps me up and away into those utopic spaces Incredible stuff.

  8. says:

    We must vacate the here and now for a then and there Individual transports are insufficient We need to engage in a collective temporal distortion We need to step out of the rigid conceptualization that is a straight present Everyone has to read this book

  9. says:

    A lot of focus on cis gay men but still a wonderful methodology for hope and resistance.

  10. says:

    I don t know how I lived without this book I kept renewing it from the library I didn t want to let it go I wanted to live inside this book Mu oz s definitions of queer futurity, identity performance, anti anti utopian, aesthetics of amateurity, and the like, have deep resonance in my life His critique of mainstream queer goals is dead on, and his exploration of art forms that expand his idea of queer futurity and failure and virtuosity was fascinating There is no doubt that I will read this book a million times I just need to get my own copy Now that it is not in my possession, I am filled with longing and love.

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