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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Queer Art of Failure is about finding alternatives—to conventional understandings of success in a heteronormative, capitalist society; to academic disciplines that confirm what is already known according to approved methods of knowing; and to cultural criticism that claims to break new ground but cleaves to conventional archives.
Low theory is derived from eccentric archives. It runs the risk of not being taken seriously. Tacking back and forth between high theory and low theory, high culture and low culture, Halberstam looks for the unexpected and subversive in popular culture, avant-garde performance, and queer art.
Failure sometimes offers more creative, cooperative, and surprising ways of being in the world, even as it forces us to face the dark side of life, love, and libido. Hardcoverpages.
To see what railure friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Queer Art of Failureplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about The Queer Art of Failure. Halebrstam with This Book. Jan 26, Anna rated it it was amazing Shelves: Browsing in a library is one of the great joys of life, as it allows serendipitous book discoveries like this: Those who feel like failures most of the time, in part because because they find od popular markers of success tedious and unappealing, and in part due to qurer negativity; 2.
Those who feel like failures in ac Browsing in a library is one of the great joys of life, as it allows serendipitous book discoveries like this: Those who feel like failures in academia because the corporate imperatives to perpetually publish, to sell education to students, and to market yourself are repellent and exhaustingly difficult; 3. Those who, failurf deep ambivalence about academia, genuinely enjoy reading theory and do so as a leisure activity; 4.
Those who halbersta reading depressing non-fiction with watching trashy American films; 5. Those who are tired of heteronormativity. I am all five of these people, so this book delighted me. I took particular pleasure in the brazen re-purposing of academic theory as a rationale for being a lazy and reluctant academic. I would add to their these the following. This has an intuitive appeal for me. Subsequent chapters examine an intriguing range of topics relating to queerness and failure.
One considers animation, another masochism, another forgetfulness, yet another the homoerotic element of fascism. Halberstam draws upon a diverse range of theorists to interpret art installations, films, and photographs. In keeping with the subject matter, the book avoids sweeping unequivocal statements. Instead, arguments are nuanced without becoming halberztam obtuse, for example: In order to capture the complexity of these shifting relations we cannot afford to settle on linear connections between radical desires and radical politics; instead we have to be prepared to be unsettled by the politically problematic connections history throws our way.
Either way, this is a sublime sentence: Chicken Run is different from Toy Story in that the Oedipal falls away as a point of qkeer in favour of a Gramscian structure of counterhegemony engineered by organic chicken intellectuals. Halberstam cheerfully acknowledges the possibility of creating non-existent depths in a stupid American comedy, then proceeds to discuss said comedy for more than ten pages.
The Queer Art of Failure
My quick summary of Dude does not immediately suggest that the film offers much in the way of redemptive narratives for a lost generation.
And yet if we must live with the logic of white male stupidity, and it seems we must, then understanding its form, its seductions, and its power are mandatory.
This reminded me of the time I was trapped in a boring seminar while caffeinated and wrote five pages on the ways in which the Fast and Furious franchise is an ongoing allegory for the War on Terror. Despite its depressingly corporate nature, academia is perhaps the only reasonable milieu to channel the perpetual over-analysis my brain would conduct anyway.
By sheer luck, I found it when especially receptive to a subversive and entertaining angle on academia and failure. Apr 04, Brenden O’Donnell rated it it was amazing. Halberstam is unique to queer theory in that she is able to channel both effective queer negativity and present practical, recognizable motivating forces for it without sounding like Lee Edelman Lite.
While I love Lee Edelman in that I believe his argument is sexy and his logic is almost flawless, I think Halberstam presents something I can truly believe in. This knowledge, she proves early on, is the answer to power that inhibits queer meaning with an alibi of knowledge or learning, but in effect only manages to arbitrarily reproduce itself.
The goal of the book is very accessible: The essays achieve this goal by enacting a three-part thesis: In accordance with her goal to privilege “knowledge from below,” the content is surprisingly accessible, while providing an exciting new stance on the important question of queer negativity. I think she intimates her book’s contribution to this question since she is conscious of and challenges the looming shadow of utopianism running throughout.
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I can’t recommend it more! Nov 08, Ruby rated it really liked it Shelves: To live is to fail, to bungle, to disappoint, and ultimately to die; rather than searching for ways around death and disappointment, the queer art of failure involves the acceptance of the finite, the embrace of the absurd, the silly, and the hopelessly goofy. Rather than resisting endings and limits, let us instead revel in and cleave to all of our own inevitable fantastic failures.
It’s easy to say of course, but the very title of this book invites us to think about the ways in which this boo To live is to fail, to bungle, to disappoint, and ultimately to die; rather than searching for ways around death and disappointment, the queer art of failure involves the acceptance of the finite, the embrace of the absurd, the silly, and the hopelessly goofy.
It’s easy to say of course, but the very title of this book invites us to think about the ways in which this book fails. Because it does, at times – the readings are not always convincing, or too short, or too meandering; the logic is not always conclusive. Then again, does it have to be? The idea itself, sometimes, is much more interesting than the neat way by which we may arrive at it. And yet there is a lot of beauty in between, a lot of productive ideas, a lot of things to work with, too.
A book to return to, not just from an academic perspective. Jun 18, Martin rated it really liked it. I’m reading this for my M. I hardly found an academic book this entertaining! Aug 23, Jean Roberta rated it really liked it. For those who are skeptical of a “gay rights movement” which aspires only to enable “queers” to assimilate into the cultural mainstream, this book will seem as refreshing as water in a desert.
As Judith Halberstam explains in her introduction: But these measures of success have come under serious pressure recently, with the collapse of financial markets on the one hand and the epic rise in divorce rates on the other. She states her purpose: Under certain circumstances failing, losing, forgetting, unmaking, undoing, unbecoming, not knowing may in fact offer more creative, more cooperative, more surprising ways of being in the world.
Failing is something queers do and have always done exceptionally well; for queers failure can be a style, to cite Quentin Crisp, or a way of life, to cite Foucault, and it can stand in contrast to the grim scenarios of success that depend upon ‘trying and trying again.
She shows “queerness” sexual and emotional proclivities that don’t lead to reproductive heterosexual monogamy as linked to “failure” by the standards of heteronormative, capitalist society. She also shows this “failure” as something which might logically be chosen as preferable to conformist adult life. Along the way, the author critiques the standardized “knowledge” which leads to conformity. If “knowledge” as disseminated in universities serves the cultural status quo, the forgetting or losing of knowledge might actually lead to new ways of thinking.
To support this point, the amnesia repeated forgetting and relearning of central characters in the comedies Dude, Where’s My Car? Finding Nemo and Fifty First Dates is discussed as a plot device that leads to new developments. In her discussion of computer generated imagery in movies aimed at children, the author coins the term “pixarvolt” to define “an animated world rich in political allegory, stuffed to the gills with queerness and rife with analogies between humans and animals.
Like other academics who point out the limitations of the academy, she seems to be trying to move the earth while standing on it. Halberstam’s case for “queer failure” looks counterintuitive, but it is an exhilarating challenge to conventional assumptions, including those made by some “Queer Studies” scholars. In a section on “queerness” and fascism, she critiques the modern assumption of an unbroken history of prominent “queers” as advocates of a liberal agenda of individual especially sexual freedom for all.
She disentangles homophobia from macho contempt for femininity associated in Nazi ideology with heterosexual women, Jewish men and homosexual men in order to show how some “queer,” masculine men and women could admire and support totalitarian regimes.
Tye the Stonewall Riots, “queers” lurked in the cultural shadows, and Halberstam finds hhalberstam environment to be fruitful and even revolutionary. This book is guaranteed to be controversial.
It would make a good basis for discussion after watching one of the movies or performances analyzed in its pages. View failute 3 comments. Aug 29, Weltschmerz rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jun 07, Heather rated it it was amazing.
Everyone was laughing and saying, so true! Jan 29, Michael Dipietro rated it liked it Shelves: I read most of this book and then got a little bored.
Instead, it offered a bunch of essays about other queer stuff. Which were sortof interesting, but again, didn’t drive I read most of this book and then got a little bored. Which were sortof interesting, but again, didn’t drive home the main point.
Essentially, I think this book is not “about” what it is trying to be about. Secondly – I’m writing this a while after finishing it – I recall it being pretty vague about what really constitutes “failure” proper.
I’ve found that this vagueness has lent itself to lazy application of failure as a tactic in recent artwork Halbersatm seen. I’m about to take a workshop that will re-engage this book, so maybe that will change my thoughts on it.