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  • Teresa de Lauretis à propos de M.Butterfly

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    Dans Théories Queer et culture populaire : de Foucault à David Cronenberg (Ed. La Dispute, 2007), Teresa de Lauretis a ce mot à propos de M. Butterfly de David Cronenberg, un cinéaste que Tausend Augen suit depuis très longtemps (lire notamment le dossier qui lui est consacré dans le n°7 de la revue) :

    "Le film ironise et déconstruit le récit culturel de la féminité qui est celui du livret de l'opéra en montrant qu'il s'agit d'un fantasme orientaliste fondé sur des hiérarchies de genre, de race et sur une domination politique." (p.166)

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    Probable que nous ayons à revenir une nouvelle fois sur Cronenberg dans nos pages...

  • Assemblages terroristes. Homonationalisme en temps de Queer

    Terrorist Assemblages. Homonationalism in Queer Times de Jasbir Puar (Duke University Press, 2007)

    Présentation et lecture en anglais avec l'auteure, pour notre lectorat berlinois, lors de la prochaine Montag Praxis.

    ATTENTION, la Montag Praxis aura lieu … mardi ! 17 juin 2008 à 20h00 Uhr, comme d’habitude à b_books, Lübbener Str.14, 10997 Berlin

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    In Terrorist Assemblages. Homonationalism in Queer Times, Jasbir K. Puar argues that configurations of sexuality, race, gender, nation, class, and ethnicity are realigning in relation to contemporary forces of securitization, counterterrorism, and nationalism. She examines how liberal politics incorporate certain queer subjects into the fold of the nation-state, through developments including the legal recognition inherent in the overturning of anti-sodomy laws and the proliferation of more mainstream representation. These incorporations have shifted many queers from their construction as figures of death (via the AIDS epidemic) to subjects tied to ideas of life and productivity (gay marriage and reproductive kinship). Puar contends, however, that this tenuous inclusion of some queer subjects depends on the production of populations of Orientalized terrorist bodies. Heteronormative ideologies that the U.S. nation-state has long relied on are now accompanied by homonormative ideologies that replicate narrow racial, class, gender, and national ideals. These “homonationalisms” are deployed to distinguish upright “properly hetero,” and now “properly homo,” U.S. patriots from perversely sexualized and racialized terrorist look-a-likes—especially Sikhs, Muslims, and Arabs—who are cordoned off for detention and deportation.

    Puar combines transnational feminist and queer theory, Foucauldian biopolitics, Deleuzian philosophy, and technoscience criticism, and draws from an extraordinary range of sources, including governmental texts, legal decisions, films, television, ethnographic data, queer media, and activist organizing materials and manifestos. Looking at various cultural events and phenomena, she highlights troublesome links between terrorism and sexuality: in feminist and queer responses to the Abu Ghraib photographs, in the triumphal responses to the Supreme Court’s /Lawrence/ decision repealing anti-sodomy laws, in the measures Sikh Americans and South Asian diasporic queers take to avoid being profiled as terrorists, and in what Puar argues is a growing Islamophobia within global queer organizing.