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Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. I’ve found that this vagueness has lent itself to lazy application of failure as a tactic in recent artwork I’ve seen. If “knowledge” as disseminated in universities serves the cultural status quo, the forgetting or hwlberstam of knowledge might actually lead to new ways of thinking.

Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. May 21, Omar Abreu rated it really liked it. The Queer Art of Failure Doi:. However, here, I felt like Halberstam was bringing something new to each chapter.

Homosexuality and Fascism Doi:. No artist or critic can repair the damage, erasing history, but Judith Halberstam wields all of the weapons that intelligence and cartoons can bring against the harsh work of conventionality.

Jan 26, Anna rated it it was amazing Shelves: If failure has its function as an opposition to the dominant power, then, where does feminism figure in this landscape of failure?

Then again, does it have to be? Book titles OR Journal titles. Mar 26, lindy rated it it was amazing. I really liked the ideas in this book — thinking about queer failure, forgetting, and unbecoming in politically productive ways.

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. The Queer Ot of Failure finds a new vitality in not winning, accumulating, doing, or knowing. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Apr 24, Pablo rated it it was amazing. Those who are tired of heteronormativity.

Does “queer art of failure” actually mean something more than “unexpected tricks”? Sign up for Subject Matters email updates to receive discounts, new book announcements, and more.

However, I think some of Halberstam’s readings are a bit of a stretch, and overall, the book feels a little erratic, and might have benefited from a little extra editing. This book is guaranteed to be controversial.

The Queer Art of Failure by J. Jack Halberstam

In a section on “queerness” and fascism, she critiques the hapberstam assumption of an unbroken history of prominent “queers” as advocates of a liberal agenda of individual especially sexual freedom for all. Create a reading list or add to an existing list. Low theory is derived from eccentric archives. Forgetting, Losing, Looping 53 3.

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Sometimes it’s deceptively casual. In a capitalist system, we are faced with a binary of specific success and failure, and sometimes refusing to follow the conventional path to “success” we can stage small or large acts of revolution. I don’t think Halberstam makes the argument coherent at all failure is good because it’s anti-positive, unless it’s GWB’s brand of failure?

Halberstam, who accepts masculine and feminine pronouns, as well as the name “Judith,” with regard to his gender identity, focuses on the topic of tomboys and female masculinity for his writings. Sign-in or register now to continue. The queer art of failure turns on the impossible, the improbable, the unlikely, and the unremarkable.

It self-consciously risks being dismissed or trashed in order to rescue alternative objects of analysis, methods of knowing, and ways of communicating.

The goal of the book is very accessible: It quietly loses, and in losing it imagines other goals for life, for love, for art, and for being. Both counterintuitive and anti-anticipatable, this compelling book pushes beyond many of the impasses and blockages that limit our critical horizons today.


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. Low Theory 1 1.

Some problematically unjustified, radical, or androphobic thoughts. Despite its depressingly corporate nature, academia is perhaps the only reasonable milieu to channel the perpetual over-analysis my brain would conduct anyway.

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.

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Halberstam examines a broad cross-section of “failure” narratives, from Pixar films which hold much commentary of hope to erotic-fascist art. Oct 01, Paulina rated it really faipure it. Often with books like these, the author states an argument in the beginning and precedes to repeat them with slightly different elaborations in each chapter.

Negativity, failure, forgetfulness, and “stupidity” all become conduits of new, queer ways of being. If book has an editor that is different from the article author, include editor’s name also. Or from that, it’s very readable, and as always, Halberstam has plenty of provocative things to say about disciplinarity, method, and flaws of the academy.

Let’s all fail more! Open Preview See a Problem? This was also because of the diversity of the source material she uses, from animated children’s halbetstam to artworks to theory to Dude where’s my car and so on. Most especially in that Judith Halberstam writes not only with authority, but also with genuine wit, which leaves the reader laughing out loud from time to time, something quite unknown until now in books of queer theory.

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