Queering the Non/Human by Myra J. Hird, Noreen Giffney

By Myra J. Hird, Noreen Giffney

What could it suggest to queer the Human? via extension, how is the Human hired inside queer conception? those questions invite a reconsideration of ways we predict approximately queer conception, the class of the Human and the act of queering itself. This interdisciplinary selection of essays gathers jointly essays via overseas pioneering students in queer conception, severe idea, cultural stories and technology reviews who've written on themes as different as Christ, antichrist, canines, starfish, werewolves, vampires, murderous dolls, cartoons, corpses, micro organism, nanoengineering, biomesis, the incest taboo, the loss of life force and the 'queer' in queer idea. individuals comprise Robert Azzarello, Karen Barad, Phillip A. Bernhardt-House, Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Claire Colebrook, Noreen Giffney, Judith Halberstam, Donna J. Haraway, Eva Hayward, Myra J. Hird, Karalyn Kendall, Vicki Kirby, Alice Kuzniar, Patricia MacCormack, Robert turbines, Luciana Parisi and Erin Runions.

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So, while I began by wanting to include disability in the multicultural arena, I’ve ended by seeing it, along with most identities, as inherently unstable. But rather than jettison disability, I now think that its very difference from traditional identities—its malleable and shaky foundation—can be the beginning of an entirely new way of thinking about identity categories. (2002, 5) Post-queer is not to be considered the way out of queer. This could potentially position post-queer as a neocolonial body of work that is capable of accounting for all difference.

29 According to Butler, “the soul is a surface signification that contests and displaces the inner/outer distinction itself, a figure of interior psychic space inscribed on the body as a social signification that perpetually conceals itself as such” (1989, 606). 19 post-queer politics a body that is constructed. We see this in Foucault’s treatment of the discursive and nondiscursive in Discipline and Punish. 30 It seems that the primary consensus between Butler and Dudrick is that they recognize that this body does not work (completely) in the discursive field: the “double body” insists on one aspect that is nondiscursive (the physiological body) and another that is discursive (the soul).

Post-Queer Politics explicitly diverts from this relationship between queer and subjectivity. Rather than consolidating these associations through discourse, language, and signs where bodies are conceptualized through lack (we see this mostly in psychoanalysis), a post-queer reading offers a schizoanalytic look at the relationship between bodies and politics where desire is based on production. Take, for instance, the politicized subject that Butler contends with in “Contingent Foundations” (1992).

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