Sex, or the Unbearable (Theory Q)

Sex, or the Unbearable (Theory Q) Author Lauren Berlant
ISBN-10 0822355949
ISBN-13 9780822355946
Year 2013-12-09
Pages 168
Language English
Publisher Duke University Press
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Sex or the Unbearable is a dialogue between Lauren Berlant and Lee Edelman two of our leading theorists of sexuality politics and culture In juxtaposing sex and the unbearable they don t propose that sex is unbearable only that it unleashes unbearable contradictions that we nonetheless struggle to bear In Berlant and Edelman s exchange those terms invoke disturbances produced in encounters with others ourselves and the world disturbances that tap into threats induced by fears of loss or rupture as well as by our hopes for repair Through virtuoso interpretations of works of cinema photography critical theory and literature including Lydia Davis s story Break It Down reprinted in full here Berlant and Edelman explore what it means to live with negativity with those divisions that may be irreparable Together they consider how such negativity affects politics theory and intimately felt encounters But where their critical approaches differ neither hesitates to voice disagreement Their very discussionpunctuated with moments of frustration misconstruction anxiety aggression recognition exhilaration and inspirationenacts both the difficulty and the potential of encounter the subject of this unusual exchange between two eminent critics and close friends

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