Questions for LGBTQ Worldmaking
Edited By Dustin Bradley Goltz and Jason Zingsheim
Section I: Questioning our Marriage to Marriage: The Politics and Poetics of Queer Joining Rituals
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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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