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Embedded in much queer theorizing is the rhetorical practice of disidentification, or the ways in which one situates oneself both within and against the various discourses through which we are called to identify. Butler sees disidentification as a misrecognition, a simultaneous seeing and failure to see desirable identifications. This misrecognition is not simply missing what one desires in public discourses; rather it is a seeing slant, an identifying and a disidentifying to create or recover other kinds of elided or disavowed identifications. Disidentification is about recycling and rethinking encoded meaning.

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Access options available:. Theatre Journal Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics. Cultural Studies of the Americas, Volume 2.

Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, ; pp. As is becoming increasingly clear in performance theory and cultural studies, the racialized body and racial politics enable and justify difference. While the notion of difference and its relation to the racialized body requires the inscription of the minority subject, the location of agency is paramount. He seeks a theory that will help him trace the genealogy of marginal sites and locate an alternative space for queers of color.

He argues that "although the advancements of white feminists in integrating multiple sites of difference in their analytic approaches have not, in many cases, been significant, the anthology [ Bridge ] has proved invaluable to many feminists, lesbians, and gay male writers of color" For him, the discourses of women of color have helped to build up a politics of disidentification.

He adopts this not only to empower the specificities of minority subjectivities, but also to suggest that the coercive body of marginality produces a new sense of reality, which articulates an uncanny truth about dominant culture. Two chapters each are included in the first two sections and four in the last. In the first section, "Famous and Dandy like B. He places these two concepts as "central to a comprehension of the inner textual and external social and political work that the texts under consideration do" Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

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Coming soon. Itself a complex act of disidentification, this vibrant and venturesome book unveils queer worldmaking at its passionate best. Disidentifications is also something of a performance in its own right, an attempt to fashion a queer world by working on, with, and against dominant ideology. Disidentifications beautifully describes transformative performances of sexuality and race in ways that reverberate dramatically, further transforming the conditions of possibility for those who encounter the text, its world of pleasures, images, and analyses.

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