A 10th anniversary edition of this field defining work—an intellectual inspiration for a generation of LGBTQ scholars
Cruising Utopia arrived in 2009 to insist that queerness must be reimagined as a futurity-bound phenomenon, an insistence on the potentiality of another world that would crack open the pragmatic present. Part manifesto, part love-letter to the past and the future, José Esteban Muñoz argued that the here and now were not enough and issued an urgent call for the revivification of the queer political imagination.
On the anniversary of its original publication, this edition includes two essays that extend and expand the project of Cruising Utopia, as well as a new foreword by the current editors of Sexual Cultures, the book series he co-founded with Ann Pellegrini 20 years ago. This 10th anniversary edition celebrates the lasting impact that Cruising Utopia has had on the decade of queer of color critique that followed and introduces a new generation of readers to a future not yet here.
About the Author
José Esteban Muñoz (1967–2013) was Professor and Chair of Performance Studies at New York University. His works include Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics (1999), Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity (2009), as well as the forthcoming The Sense of Brown. He was co-editor of Pop Out: Queer Warhol (1996) and Everynight Life: Culture and Dance in Latin/o America (1997) and founding co-editor of the Sexual Cultures series at NYU Press.
Table of Contents
Foreword: Before and After ix
Introduction: Feeling Utopia 1
1 Queerness as Horizon: Utopian Hermeneutics in the Face of Gay Pragmatism 19
2 Ghosts of Public Sex: Utopian Longings, Queer Memories 33
3 The Future Is in the Present: Sexual Avant-Gardes and the Performance of Utopia 49
4 Gesture, Ephemera, and Queer Feeling: Approaching Kevin Aviance 65
5 Cruising the Toilet: LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka, Radical Black Traditions, and Queer Futurity 83
6 Stages: Queers, Punks, and the Utopian Performative 97
7 Utopia's Seating Chart: Ray Johnson, Jill Johnston, and Queer Intermedia as System 115
8 Just Like Heaven: Queer Utopian Art and the Aesthetic Dimension 131
9 A Jeté Out the Window: Fred Herko's Incandescent Illumination 147
10 After Jack: Queer Failure, Queer Virtuosity 169
Conclusion: "Take Ecstasy with Me" 185
Two Additional Essays
Race, Sex, and the Incommensurate: Gary Fisher with Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick 193
Hope in the Face of Heartbreak 207
About the Author 253
Color illustrations appear as an insert following page 130.