Another Country: Queer Anti-Urbanism

Another Country: Queer Anti-Urbanism

by Scott Herring
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814737188

ISBN-13: 9780814737187

Pub. Date: 06/01/2010

Publisher: New York University Press

The metropolis has been the near exclusive focus of queer scholars and queer cultures in America. Asking us to look beyond the cities on the coasts, Scott Herring draws a new map, tracking how rural queers have responded to this myopic mindset. Interweaving a wide range of disciplines—art, media, literature, performance, and fashion studies—he develops

Overview

The metropolis has been the near exclusive focus of queer scholars and queer cultures in America. Asking us to look beyond the cities on the coasts, Scott Herring draws a new map, tracking how rural queers have responded to this myopic mindset. Interweaving a wide range of disciplines—art, media, literature, performance, and fashion studies—he develops an extended critique of how metronormativity saturates LGBTQ politics, artwork, and criticism. To counter this ideal, he offers a vibrant theory of queer anti-urbanism that refuses to dismiss the rural as a cultural backwater.

Impassioned and provocative, Another Country expands the possibilities of queer studies beyond its city limits. Herring leads his readers from faeries in the rural Midwest to photographs of white supremacists in the deep South, from Roland Barthes’s obsession with Parisian fashion to a graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel set in the Appalachian Mountains, and from cubist paintings in Lancaster County to lesbian separatist communes on the northern California coast. The result is an entirely original account of how queer studies can—and should—get to another country.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814737187
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Series:
Sexual Cultures Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: I Hate New York
Urban Legends From Non-Metro to Anti-Urbanism City Subversions, Rural Stylistics, Paper Cut Politics Outsider Artifacts
1. Autobiographies of the Ex-Urban Queer
Modernist Metronormativity
Gone-to-Kansas
Still Life with Charles Demuth
Berlin Story
Raw Deals
2. Critical Rusticity
An Aesthetic of Anti-Urbanity
Bicoastality
Country Women
Out of the Closets, Into the Woods
RFD Country
3. Southern Backwardness
Your Best Bubba
Alabama Souvenirs
Eastaboga/Taormina
Caravaggio’s Rednecks
4. Unfashionability
Steel Boots of Leather
Style-less
“Enemy Clothing”
Outdated
5. Queer Infrastructure
Pittsburgh to the East, Philadelphia to the West
Roads to Nowhere
If Only
Alt-Routes
Coda: On the Borderlands of the Midwest
Notes
Index
About the Author
A color insert follows page

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