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020 _a9781478012627
020 _z9781478010036
020 _z9781478011088
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050 0 0 _aHQ76.25
_b.H353 2020
100 1 _aHalberstam, Jack,
245 1 0 _aWild things :
_bthe disorder of desire /
_cJack Halberstam.
260 _aDurham :
_bDuke University Press,
300 _a219 p. ;
_c24 cm.
490 1 _aPerverse modernities
504 _aIncludes bibliographical references and index.
505 0 _aSex in the Wild -- Sex before, after, and against Nature -- Wildness, Loss, and Death -- "A New Kind of Wildness": The Rite of Spring and an Indigenous Aesthetics of -- Bewilderment -- The Epistemology of the Ferox: Sex, Death, and Falconry -- Animality -- Introduction: Into the Wild -- Where the Wild Things Are: Humans, Animals, and Children -- Zombie Antihumanism at the End of the World -- The Ninth Wave.
520 _a"WILD THINGS is queer theorist Jack Halberstam's account of sexuality in general, and queerness in particular, after nature. As the heterosexual/homosexual binary emerged in the late 19th-century and coalesced in the 20th-century, discourses of both heterosexuality and homosexuality defined sexuality in relation to nature and the natural world. The most well-known is the homophobic framing of homosexuality as unnatural, aberrant, and "against" nature, but of equal importance is the 19th-century male dandy's positioning of artifice and camp-and through it homosexuality-as anti-natural. On the other hand, heterosexuality was often held up as the "natural" sexuality and, later in the 20th-century, gay scientists tried to prove that homosexuality was a natural, biological desire. In this book, Halberstam mobilizes wildness as an analytic through which an alternative history of sexuality and desire outside of heterosexuality, homosexuality, and taxonomical classifications can emerge. To that end, Halberstam turns back to the orderly, taxonomical, and classified homosexuality and heterosexuality of the 19th and 20th-centuries and asks: what embodiments and desires were swept under the carpet in the process of creating identitarian sexualities? Halberstam claims these excluded and unruly figures as "wild" lives lived out in embodiments and desires which eluded the orderly classifications of their era. Wildness, for Halberstam, thus becomes a way to claim an "epistemology of the ferox," a way of being and knowing in the world which is not the opposition of order but order's absence: a force which "disorders desire and desires disorder." Although he is clear that wildness and queerness are not interchangeable, Halberstam sees in wildness and "wild thought" queer theory's anti-identitarian impulse to explore life outside of the limits of the human and liberal governance. More than just a project of recuperating queer figures lost in the archive, Halberstam's WILD THINGS argues for a revision of queer history, one in which "nature" and the "natural world" does not function as that which sexuality defines itself with and against"--
_cProvided by publisher.
650 0 _aQueer theory.
650 0 _aGender identity.
650 0 _aSex.
650 0 _aHeterosexuality.
650 0 _aHomosexuality.
650 0 _aDesire.
830 0 _aPerverse modernities.
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