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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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21. On Weddings, Resistance and Dicks: Autophotographic Responses to Questioning the Limits of Decorum

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BRYANT KEITH ALEXANDER

In this section I am choosing to offer three linked autoethnographic excursions that serve as touchstones to the entries in this section. For me, the nature of autoethnography is always engaged as a critical explication of lived experience in the context of time, place, circumstance and culture. This coupled with the tensiveness of human social encounter that dynamizes a happening; making the story told in autoethnography both about the person who is telling it, as well as the culture and company from which the story emerges (at once both singular and plural)—always seeking to inform and transform decorums of everyday life. I am using the construction of “autophotographic” linked with the practice of autoethnography to reference the actual use of a signifying photographic image as a touch point to the personal stories being told, as well as to evidence how the particularity of the image—like a fixed memory or an artifact of actual existence, serves as an opportunity for critical commentary. Each of the essays in this section, like my own entry, speaks to normative affects—expressions of emotion—love, anger, and frustration that meet at the collusions and collisions of individual desire, performing a resistance to the decorums of heteronormativity, and exemplifying yearnings to breach the boundaries between possibility and potentiality. ← 199 | 200 →

Queer Decorum as an Act of Strategic Resistance: Another Wedding Story1

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