More about this series. Author: Jack Halberstam. Halberstam is my favorite theorist and excels pulling challenging ideas from the least challenging material. Halbertam is most successful introducing new ideas and applying them to popular culture. This book is a must-read, particularly for scholars who work at the intersection of Media Studies and Queer Theory.
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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.
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The Queer Art of Failure
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What space, then, does failure occupy and open up? The Queer Art of Failure is a groundbreaking book that retheorizes failure and its relationship to the process of knowledge production and being in the world. Halberstam points out that stupidity and forgetfulness, such as in the film Dude, Where is My Car? Failure is, therefore, subversive and productive. If failure has its function as an opposition to the dominant power, then, where does feminism figure in this landscape of failure? To do so, she recognizes, would be perceived as a form of gay betrayal, which, nonetheless, can function as yet another site of retheorizing failure. This book takes us in a brilliantly rich, playfully hilarious, and intellectually stimulating journey through the realms of the stupid, silly, and failure, to provide us with new and productive or not ways of being and thinking in the world.