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Queer Praxis

Questions for LGBTQ Worldmaking

Edited By Dustin Bradley Goltz and Jason Zingsheim

Amidst rapid advances of mainstream gay and lesbian platforms, questions of essential sexual identities, queered rituals of family, queered notions of intimacy, queer considerations of time, and the possibility and value of queered systems of relation are largely absent. Resisting the public face of a normative and homogenous gay and lesbian community, and embracing a broadened conception of queerness, this book brings together 29 writers – a diverse community of scholars, lovers, and activists – to explore queer theory and embodied experiences within interpersonal relations and society at large. Enacting a critical intervention into the queer theoretical landscape, the book offers an alternative engagement where contributors centralize lived experience. Theoretical engagements are generated in relation and in dialogue with one another exploring collectivity, multiple points of entrance, and the living nature of critical theory. Readers gain familiarity with key concepts in queer thought, but also observe how these ideas can be navigated and negotiated in the social world. Queer Praxis serves as a model for queer relationality, enlisting transnational feminist, critical communication, and performance studies approaches to build dialogue across and through differing subjectivities.
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Over the past seven years, the Caucus on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Concerns and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Communication Studies Division of the National Communication Association have provided the space and ongoing opportunity for the ideas in these pages to develop. We extend special thanks to the multiple program planners and reviewers for their continued support, feedback, and commitment. We also acknowledge the vital role multiple audience members have played in shaping the conversation over the years, some of whom have contributed chapters to the volume. While any book project is limited by space, time, and schedules, there are many other persons who are not explicitly named within these discussions who have—and who continue to—challenge positions and pose more questions in order to disrupt and extend these discussions. We are also grateful to Mary Savigar and Bernadette Shade for their encouragement and careful work on seeing this manuscript to print.


In Chapter 2, italicized excerpts are from Goltz, D. B. & Zingsheim, J. (2010). It’s not a wedding, it’s a Gayla: Queer resistance and normative recuperation. Text & Performance Quarterly, 30, 290–312. Reprinted by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.

In Chapter 6, italicized excerpts are from Pérez, K. & Brouwer, D. C. (2010). Potentialities and ambivalences in the performance of queer decorum. Text & Performance Quarterly, 30, 317–323. ← xiii | xiv → Reprinted by permission of the...

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