Advertisement

Back to the Future

  • Lorenzo Bernini
Chapter
  • 382 Downloads

Abstract

Unanimously recognized as the founder of antisocial queer theories, Bersani is also the first to attest to their political untenability. Those who would like to more consistently pursue the path he has laid out must thus be willing to risk renouncing politics. Lee Edelman, as I have mentioned, is the one who has expanded on this. In launching a radical attack on the communal sense of LGBTQIA movements, Edelman shields himself by using the criticism against political planning developed by the young Hocquenghem, from whom, in his time, a thankless Foucault also drew.1 The goal of the following pages is to test the resistance of this defensive tool, or, better yet, to investigate whether or not this defense is more of a boomerang than a shield. It is in fact true that in the seventies, Hocquenghem rejected the “futurist” rhetoric of planning and waiting, but his intention was not to abstain from politics: to the contrary, he expressed the “anal” impatience of an action that needed immediate execution. And while he did reject the bourgeois-capitalist society as well as the proletariat-communist one, he did not repudiate every form of sociality. I predict, therefore, that it is a boomerang that not only returns where it once began, but leads us even further back—not in space: in time.

Keywords

Sexual Minority Symbolic Order Queer Theory Sexual Revolution Pleasure Principle 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

References

  1. Bernini, Lorenzo. 2008. Le pecore e il pastore: Critica, politica, etica nel pensiero di Michel Foucault. Naples: Liguori.Google Scholar
  2. ———. 2011b. Lorenzo Bernini. In Queer in Italia: Differenze in movimento, ed. Marco Pustianaz. Pisa: Edizioni ETS.Google Scholar
  3. Bloch, Ernst. [1959] 1995. The Principle of Hope. Trans. Neville Plaice, Stephen Plaice and Paul Knight. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.Google Scholar
  4. Bond Stockton, Kathryn. 2009. The Queer Child, or Growing Sideways in the Twentieth Century. Durham: Duke University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Borghi, Liana, and Clotilde Barbulli (ed). 2003. Visioni in/sostenibili: Genere e intercultura. Cagliari: CUEC.Google Scholar
  6. ——— (ed). 2004. Figure della complessità: Genere e intercultura. Cagliari: CUEC.Google Scholar
  7. ——— (ed). 2006. Forme della diversità: Genere e intercultura. Cagliari: CUEC.Google Scholar
  8. ——— (ed). 2010. Il sorriso dello stregatto: Figurazioni di genere e intercultura. Pisa: Edizioni ETS.Google Scholar
  9. Butler, Judith. 2000. Antigone’s Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death. New York: Columbia University Press.Google Scholar
  10. Cavarero, Adriana. [2007] 2011. Horrorism: Naming Contemporary Violence. Trans. William McCuaig. New York: Columbia University Press.Google Scholar
  11. De Lauretis, Teresa. 2010. Freud’s Drive: Psychoanalysis, Literature and Film. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.Google Scholar
  12. Dean, Tim. 2009. Unlimited Intimacy: Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. “Deleuze, Gilles, and Félix Guattari. [1972] 2000. Anti-Oedipus. New York: Viking Press.”Google Scholar
  14. Edelman, Lee. 1994. Homographesis: Essays in Gay Literature and Cultural Theory. London/New York: Routledge.Google Scholar
  15. ———. 2004. No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive. Durham: Duke University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. ———. 2006. Antagonism, Negativity, and the Subject of Queer Theory. PMLA 3.Google Scholar
  17. Ferenczi, Sándor. 2002. Opere, vol 1 and 2. Milan: Raffaello Cortina Editore.Google Scholar
  18. FHAR. 1971. Rapport contre la normalité. Paris: Éditions Champ Libre.Google Scholar
  19. Foucault, Michel. [1976] 1990. The History of Sexuality, vol. 1. New York: Vintage Books.Google Scholar
  20. ———. 1982b. Afterword by Michel Foucault: The Subject and Power (Why Study Power: The Question of the Subject and How Power is Exercised?). In Michel Foucault: Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.Google Scholar
  21. Freud, Sigmund. [1915] 1918. Reflections on War and Death. New York: Moffat Yard and Company.Google Scholar
  22. ———. [1905] 2011. Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality. Connecticut: Martino Fine Books.Google Scholar
  23. Guaraldo, Olivia. 2012. Comunità e vulnerabilità: Per una critica politica della violenza. Pisa: Edizioni ETS.Google Scholar
  24. Guattari, Félix. 1972. Psychoanalyse et transversalité. Paris: Maspero.Google Scholar
  25. Halberstam, Jack. 2011. The Queer Art of Failure. Durham: Duke University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  26. Iuli, Cristina. 1996. I Cultural Studies. In Teoria della letteratura, ed. Donatella Izzo. Rome: Nuova Italia Scientifica.Google Scholar
  27. Jones, Ernest. 1955. Sigmund Freud: Life and Work. London: Hogart Press.Google Scholar
  28. Kosofsky Sedgwick, Eve. 1993. Queer and Now! In Tendencies. Durham: Duke University Press.Google Scholar
  29. Lacan, Jacques. [1975] 1999. The Seminar of Jacques Lacan: On Feminine Sexuality, the Limits of Love and Knowledge (Book XX). New York: W. W. Norton.Google Scholar
  30. ———. 1978b. On Psychoanalytic Discourse. In Lacan in Italia. Milan: La Salamandra.Google Scholar
  31. ———. [1991] 2007. The Seminar of Jacques Lacan: The Other Side of Psychoanalysis (Book XVII). New York: W. W. Norton.Google Scholar
  32. Marcuse, Herbert. 1955. Eros and Civilisation. New York: Vintage Books.Google Scholar
  33. Muñoz, José Esteban. 2009. Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity. New York, London: New York University Press.Google Scholar
  34. Preciado, Beatriz. 2009. Terror anal. In El deseo homosexual. By Guy Hocquenghem. Barcelona: Melusina.Google Scholar
  35. Pustianaz, Marco (ed). 2011. Queer in Italia: Differenze in movimento. Pisa: Edizioni ETS.Google Scholar
  36. Pustianaz, Marco, Alice Bellagamba, and Paola Di Cori, eds. 2000. Generi di traverso. Vercelli: edizionimercurio.Google Scholar
  37. Pustianaz, Marco, and Luisa Villa (ed). 2004. Maschilità decadenti: La lunga fin de siècle. Bergamo: Sestante.Google Scholar
  38. Recalcati, Massimo. 2010. L’uomo senza inconscio: Figure della nuova clinica psicoanalitica. Milan: Raffaello Cortina Editore.Google Scholar
  39. ———. 2011. Cosa resta del padre? La paternità nell’epoca moderna. Milan: Raffaello Cortina Editore.Google Scholar
  40. ———. 2012a. Ritratti del desiderio. Milan: Raffaello Cortina Editore.Google Scholar
  41. ———. 2012b. Jacques Lacan: Desiderio, godimento e soggettivazione. Milan: Raffaello Cortina Editore.Google Scholar
  42. ———. 2013. Il complesso di Telemaco: Genitori e figli dopo il tramonto del padre. Milan: Feltrinelli.Google Scholar
  43. Schérer, René. 1972. Préface. In L’Ordre subversive: Trois textes sur la civilization. By Charles Fourier. Paris: Aubier-Montaigne.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lorenzo Bernini
    • 1
  1. 1.University of VeronaVeronaItaly

Personalised recommendations