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Same OldQueer Theory, Literature and the Politics of Sameness$
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Ben Nichols

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526132833

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7765/9781526132840

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Same old

(p.1) Introduction
Same Old

Ben Nichols

Manchester University Press

This Introduction lays the theoretical groundwork for the book by exploring the place of 'sameness' in queer theory. As with related approaches that have a similar basis in post-structuralism and the politics of social difference, queer theoretical writing often poses values like heterogeneity, variety and change in opposition to a dominant order that is imagined as seeking sameness in the forms of homogeneity, conformity and assimilation, often taken to be intrinsically reactionary or pernicious. The Introduction traces how this opposition manifests through the development of key queer theoretical positions and also addresses the scattered history of engagement with sameness in queer thought. It argues that queer theory's theoretical and rhetorical orientation has prevented engagement with the significant investments in sameness that we can see in queer culture. Turning to coming out stories and the boredom they have inspired in queer readers, this Introduction also provides an initial case study for the connection between queer culture and forms of sameness that the later chapters continue to elucidate.

Keywords:   sameness, boredom, coming out stories, queer theory

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