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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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Section I: Questioning our Marriage to Marriage: The Politics and Poetics of Queer Joining Rituals


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Section I

Questioning Our Marriage to Marriage: The Politics and Poetics of Queer Joining Rituals

Can a wedding ever be queer? What might it look like to queer the wedding? Locating same-sex union ceremonies as a point of collective entry, we theorize the queering of traditional wedding scripts through ritualized joinings, queer intimacy, and consciousness-raising. These chapters question traditional rituals attached to clothing, invitations, coupling, and the privileging of biological family, while also interrogating the function of performed vows, the notion of witnessing, and the roles assigned to attendees and witnesses. Authors place queer theory into direct discussion with public performances of communal love and intimacy in order to explore what it means to celebrate, honor, and render intelligible the existence of queer relations. Key themes explored in this section are the hierarchal position of couple and romance in the wedding script, community, heteronormative narratives, homonormativity, audience agency, and the politics of love.

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