Disidentifications: Queers Of Color And The Performance Of Politics (Cultural Studies of the Americas)

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Disidentifications: Queers Of Color And The Performance Of Politics (Cultural Studies of the Americas) Author José Esteban Muñoz
ISBN-10 0816630151
ISBN-13 9780816630158
Year 1999-05-01
Pages 248
Language English
Publisher Univ Of Minnesota Press
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There is more to identity than identifying with ones culture or standing solidly against it Jos Esteban Muoz looks at how those outside the racial and sexual mainstream negotiate majority culturenot by aligning themselves with or against exclusionary works but rather by transforming these works for their own cultural purposes Muoz calls this process disidentification and through a study of its workings he develops a new perspective on minority performance survival and activism Disidentifications is also something of a performance in its own right an attempt to fashion a queer world by working on with and against dominant ideology By examining the process of identification in the work of filmmakers performance artists ethnographers Cuban choteo forms of gay male mass culture such as pornography museums art photography camp and drag and television Muoz persistently points to the intersecting and short circuiting of identities and desires that result from misalignments with the cultural and ideological mainstream in contemporary urban America Muoz calls attention to the world making properties found in performances by queers of colorin Carmelita Tropicanas Camp Choteo style politics Marga Gomezs performances of queer childhood Vaginal Creme Daviss Terrorist Drag Isaac Juliens critical melancholia Jean Michel Basquiats disidentification with Andy Warhol and pop art Felix Gonzalez Torress performances of disidentity and the political performance of Pedro Zamora a person with AIDS within the otherwise artificial environment of the MTV serialThe Real World

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