Notes: José Esteban Muñoz “Introduction: Feeling Utopia” in Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity

Muñoz, José E. (2009). Introduction: Feeling utopia. in Cruising utopia: The then and there of queer futurity. New York: New York University Press, 1-18.

Summary:

Muñoz positions his utopian critique as a response to antirelational critiques within queer critiques.

Keywords: Queer, Queer Theory, Queer Futurity

Quotations:

“Queerness is not yet here. Queerness is an ideality. Put another way, we are not yet queer. We may never touch queerness, but we can feel it as the warm illumination of a horizon imbued with potentiality. We have never been queer, yet queerness exists for us as an ideality that can be distilled from the past and used to imagine a future. The future is queerness’s domain. Queerness is a structuring and educated mode of desiring that allows us to see and feel beyond the quagmire of the present” (1).

“Queerness is essentially about the rejection of a here and now and an insistence on potentiality or concrete possibility for another world” (1).

“The moment in which I write this book the critical imagination is in peril. The dominant academic climate into which this book is attempting to intervene is dominated by a dismissal of political idealism. Shouting down utopia is an easy move” (10).

“That is to say that queerness is always in the horizon. I contend that if queerness is to have any value whatsoever, it must be viewed as being visible only in the horizon” (11).

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