Affect, Performance and Queer Subjectivities

Blackman, Lisa. 2011. Affect, Performance and Queer Subjectivities. Cultural Studies, 25(2), pp. 183-199. ISSN 0950-2386 [Article]

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This article will re-configure the historical association between queer lives and psychopathology by focusing upon the enactive potential of particular performances of queer subjectivities. These are usually live performances which through their engagement with a background of trauma, shame, loneliness and isolation afford the circulation and distribution of what will be termed, ‘unhappy affects’. These situated responses to a register of affects which have historically been associated with queer lives, open up performative possibilities for enacting queer forms of belonging and becoming. The article will foreground the importance of attending to embodiment, affect and genealogy in investigating queer adventures in the context of live performance.

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This article is part of a special issue of the journal Cultural Studies guest-edited by Angela McRobbie, Queer Adventures in Cultural Studies.

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


March 2011Published

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13 Oct 2011 12:52

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27 Jun 2017 13:42

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Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.


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