Note: So this blog is all about experimenting with different ways for us to connect with each other and the material. I am introducing a new category today called "class summaries and queries." In this category (which, depending on how successful we think it is, will become a regular feature), I will post a brief summary of part (or all) of our previous class discussion. Then, I will offer a query to you. You are encouraged to post a comment to that query. I am hoping that this category will enable us to clarify terms and to (better) ensure that we understand the terms/ideas/theories (and what is at stake with them) that we are discussing. This material is difficult and really pushes at "the limits of most sure ways of knowing" (that's Butler-speak) so don't be too afraid to speak up if you don't understand something.
Thanks for a great discussion yesterday. We raised many issues that will be coming up all semester. One set up questions that will come up repeatedly in the readings is this:
And, the converse...
How can we talk about the person/the body/the subject as not essential and in flux in ways that don't ignore the lived (and embodied) experiences of a person/persons in their situated practices (and particularly, as Dolan/Mittra and Gajjala/Rak all discuss in different ways, their diverse sexual practices)?
These questions speak to a tension within queering theory (and within Judith Butler's work) that we will push at all semester. So, keep it in mind.
QUERY: Does this set of questions make sense to you? Post a comment explaining them in your own words OR post a comment in which you ask a question about what you don't understand.