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After Sex on Writing Since Queer Theory

After Sex on Writing Since Queer Theory

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Published by Pablo Herrera

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Published by: Pablo Herrera on Mar 22, 2012
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Janet Halley and Andrew Parker
 be hnest, we n’t knw what t expectwhen we aske ptental cntrbutrs t ths ssue 
t assess the current state  queer thnk-ng by refectng n, amng ther thngs, what nther wrk
queer. Thugh we culn’t pre-ct what ur authrs wul make  ths ques-tn, we ha a varety  reasns r psng t nthese terms.In the rst place, we’ been hearng rm smequarters that queer thery,  nt alreay passé,was raply apprachng ts expratn ate, anwe wante t learn rm thers whether r hwths rumr mght be true. We knew,  curse,that the actvst energes that helpe t uel queeracaemc wrk n the Unte States have eclnesharply snce the early 1990s, when the bksthat wul becme unatnal r queer theryrst began t appear. Wth
Gender Trouble
Epistemology o the Closet
nw clse t reachngther age  majrty, t n’t entrely surprse usthat a recent ssue  a jurnal cul ask, “What’sQueer abut Queer Stues Nw?”—wth
anbvusly pnte way  annuncng a epar-ture rm earler habts  thught. But theauthrs arun whm queer thery crystallzeseem t have spent the past ecae stancng
South Atlantic Quarterly
106:3, Summer 2007doi 10.1215/00382876-2007-001 © 2007 Duke Unversty Press
 Janet Halley and Andrew Parker 
themselves rm
prevus wrk: n recent years, r example, JuthButler has been wrtng abut justce an human rghts, Mchael Warnerabut sermns an secularsm, an Eve Kssky Segwck abut MelaneKlen an Buhsm.4 In what sense, we aske urselves, are these wrters’current nterests cmmensurate wth ther earler (r cncurrent) wrkn sexualty—, nee, they are? Des the very stnctn between thesexual an the nnsexual matter t queer thnkng an,  s, when, where,an hw? Can wrk be regare as queer  t’s nt explctly “abut” sexu-alty? Des nng nesel “ater” queer thery er—n terms  esre,lcatn, tempralty, lyalty, antagnsm, cmraeshp, r cmpetence—rm nng nesel “ater” a tratnal acaemc scplne, crtcal racethery, a relgus rentatn, a pltcal cnvctn, emnsm, lesban angay stues . . . ?We pse these questns t a hst  ptental cntrbutrs whse pre-vus wrk n queer subjects suggeste that they mght have smethngespecally pertnent t say n respnse—ether because the cus  therwrk has change ver the curse  ther careers, r because t hasn’t;ether because ther wrk revlves arun sexual an nnsexual tpcsalke, r because t retans queerness as ts sngle r premnant bject rlens. Snce yunger schlars are “ater” queer thery n yet anther sense,we wnere, t, what they mght tell us abut nhertng a cann  queertexts an preccupatns at a mment s erent rm the early 1990s.Fnally, an n rer t elmt even urther the range  respnses, werecte these questns r the mst part t peple n the els we knwbest, lterary an legal stues. We envsne, at any rate, an ssue cnsst-ng  many shrt essays (sutable r reang n the subway, say, r n thejhn), cuse refectns n the trajectry  each cntrbutr’s wrk ants relatn t queer thery rather than extene analyses. We hpe thatthese wul be “persnal” statements whse purpse, r nce, wul bet tell rather than t shw.Even wthn the els we targete, these nneteen essays are stll lessthan ully representatve  the range  current queer wrk. We nte, mstbvusly, the scarcty  cntrbutns rm peple wrkng n lm ancultural stues an n nn-Anglphne lteratures, as well as the near-ttalabsence  essays rm peple wrkng prncpally n law. We regret theresultng gaps,  curse, thugh we knew rm the start that we wuln’tbe able t nclue here everythng we wante. One thng we learne, r swe thnk we , s that queer thery n the law schls has nthng lke the

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