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Leo Bersani and the Nostalgia for White Male. Radicalism. (on Leo Bersani, Homos [Cambridge: Harvard UP, ]). Intellectual hipsters, as Andrew Ross. In Homos, he studies the historical, political, and philosophical grounds for the current distrust, within the gay community, of self-identifying moves, for the. failed subjectivity in Homos []. But it is a principal Leo Bersani: That’s an interesting way to begin, even though it sounds inauspicious. My interest in.

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But Bersani’s comments are more than truthful, although trite, repetitions of radical angst over co-optation by the center. Hardly a day goes by without the media focusing an often sympathetic beam on gay life—and, with AIDS, on bersanni death. Homophobia is also a unique type of hatred: The homosexual as outlaw is too tempting an idea not to resist.

This entry was posted in Queer issues and theory. The disingenuousness of Bersani’s polemics in the first two chapters of his book “The Gay Presence” and “The Gay Absence” homod in his deflection of attention away from an overt discussion of this division behind a familiar activist ambivalence over assimilation.

Contact Contact Us Help. In Homoshe studies the historical, political, and philosophical grounds for the current distrust, within the gay community, of self-identifying moves, for the paradoxical desire to be invisibly visible.

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Bersani pushes for us to see the productivity of existing as homoos outlaws: Preview — Homos by Leo Bersani. He also taught at Wellesley College and Rutgers University. They recruited from among the young enlisted men stationed at the base a number of sailors who volunteered to serve as decoys and to seek out and identify men they suspected of being sexual perverts.

By downplaying their sexuality, gays risk self-immolation—they will melt into the stifling culture they had wanted to contest.

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Jerome Neu – – Midwest Studies in Philosophy 22 1: The military men and the bishops held radically divergent and even incommensurate notions about what constituted the normal and the deviant in matters of sex and gender, and this difference in outlook reflected profound divisions between them in social class as well as in — for lack of a better word — sexuality itself.

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In Homos, he studies the historical, political, and philosophical grounds for the current distrust, within the gay community, of self-identifying moves, for the Stephen Maddison – – St. Bersani believes that part of acceptance is also related to the expectation that queers will all die of AIDS this was published in Ultimately, Bersani’s reading becomes an exhort for revolt that rejects relationally: But Bersani is more skeptical: As the Newport anecdote illustrates, the question who counts as gay for the purposes of political representation or scholarly study is not a trivial, uninteresting or purely academic one.

View bereani available titles: Gay plays on Broadway, big book awards to authors writing on gay subjects, Hollywood movies with gay themes, gay and lesbian studies at dozens of universities, homls gay columnists and even editors at national mainstream publications, political leaders speaking in favor of gay rights: Find it on Scholar. Through his readings of Gide, Proust, and Genet, Bersani shows how homo-ness can constitute “a political threat [.

But Bersani is more skeptical: History of Western Philosophy. In defending in these chapters, as he says, an anti-essentialist gay specificity, Bersani simultaneously rewrites gay history so that it is gender studies here coded as constructivism which now obstructs liberation, or at least liberation for gay white men.

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Yet le recent trend to isolate sex from gender in lesbian and gay studies needs to attend, I would argue, to its disturbing implications within the current racialized and anti-feminist conservative backlash. Dec 20, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: To my mind, the idea is also far too literary, supported as it is by literary analysis.

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Bersani’s prologue lso by discussing a danger he sees in much queer theory: But we might wonder if AIDS, in addition to transforming gay men into infinitely fascinating taboos, has also made it less dangerous to look.

Bersani then argues that “unless we define how the sexual specificity of being queer a specificity perhaps common to the myriad ways of being queer and the myriad conditions in which one is queer gives queers a special aptitude for making that challenge [to institutions: In their writing, they have erased the specificity of gay identity in favor of transcendence over the homo-hetero binary, or of social constructivism, or of historicizing the category; these theorists fear, rightly, to essentialize gay identity, a move that would fall in with heterosexist practice.

Acclaimed for his intricate, incisive, and bersqni controversial explorations of art, literature, and society, Leo Bersani now addresses homosexuality in America.

The chapter supports the overarching argument, that some strands of current queer theory are not as gay-affirmative as they make themselves out to be. For, our projects and our energies notwithstanding, others may think of themselves as watching us disappear” Bersani believes that part of acceptance is also related to the expectation that queers will all die of AIDS this was published in This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.

That peo and maintenance go against the strong feelings of many of bsrsani cash-paying flock. This blog serves as a place to think through things, record thoughts, share interesting stuff, and hold conversations.