Aesthetics of Coalition and Protest

The Imagined Queer Community


54,00 € *

1. Edition, 2015
257 Pages

ISBN: 978-3-8253-7526-3
Product: Ebook
Edition: PDF
Subject: Anglistik/Amerikanistik
Series: American Studies – A Monograph Series, Volume No.: 265
Available: 11.11.2015

Keywords: amerikanische Literatur, Queerness, U.S.A., Gesellschaft, Whiteness, Politik, Identität, Gemeinschaft, gesellschaftliche Gruppe, amerikanischer Film, Queer Film, 20. Jahrhundert


This volume examines identity and community through the intersection of queerness and race. The growing incorporation of white queer subjects into the socio-cultural and political landscape of the U.S. results in the usage of the queer community as a marker of progressiveness for the nation and in an increasing centrality of whiteness within the community and its surrounding politics. Can this queer community still undermine existing normative structures of whiteness and heteronormativity or does it simply reinforce them through universalizing queerness for the sake of legal and social reform that ultimately benefit only a few?

Through the analysis of queer of color film, this book imagines the possibility of a pan-ethnic queer community, while simultaneously questioning the juxtaposition of a de-essential/anti-identity concept like queer and an essential concept like community. It troubles the intersection of queerness and race and even intersectionality itself.