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Queer exceptionsSolo performance in neoliberal times$
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Stephen Greer

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781526113696

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526113696.001.0001

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The pariah: queer outcasts and the politics of wounded attachment

The pariah: queer outcasts and the politics of wounded attachment

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Queer exceptions

Stephen Greer

Manchester University Press

Starting with Neil Bartlett’s AIDS-era work A Vision of Love Revealed in Sleep, this chapter explores performances of singular individuality in which the state of being neither wholly included nor fully excluded invites us to reconsider liberal narratives of historical progress. While mainstream LGBT activism emphasises the possibilities of assimilation as a means of recovery from exclusion in the past, the singular figure of the pariah offers a new way of thinking marginal and politicized identity’s investment in its own history of hurt. Featured practitioners: Neil Bartlett, Marc Rees, Seiriol Davies, Jon Brittain and Matt Tedford, David Hoyle.

Keywords:   LGBT history, Homophobia, Thatcher, assimilation, homonormativity, erotohistoriography, Wounded attachment

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