Archive for July, 2011

Summer Reading, Part I

I just finished reading José Esteban Muñoz’s  Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity.  It is, without a doubt, the best theory book I’ve read this summer.  Muñoz gives new life (and hope) to utopian thinking and illustrates a much more inclusionary form of queer theory than Judith Butler, Eve Sedgwick, Lee Edelman, etc etc etc.  In terms of fiction, my favorite summer read thus far is probably The Greyfriar, by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith.  Steampunk meets urban fantasy–now there’s a winning combination!  Although the plot is too predictable, the alternate reality had me hooked.

I am so excited. The pieces to my book proposal are really coming together. I’m arguing that we need new forms of theory and theorizing which are accessible and nonoppositional. I’m using women-of-colors theories to make this argument. And, in reverse, I’m arguing that women-of-colors theories and perspectives offer important, previously overlooked, entries into current theories and social issues. I am making this argument in a way which aspires to be accessible and nonoppositional. I’m trying to align my theory with my form