Trajectories of desire in Genet and Wittig

Campbell, Marion 2013, Trajectories of desire in Genet and Wittig, Writing from below, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 3-42.

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Title Trajectories of desire in Genet and Wittig
Author(s) Campbell, MarionORCID iD for Campbell, Marion
Journal name Writing from below
Volume number 1
Issue number 1
Start page 3
End page 42
Total pages 40
Publisher La Trobe University
Place of publication Bundoora, Vic.
Publication date 2013-06
ISSN 2202-2546
Summary At their most extreme Jean Genet and Monique Wittig stage revolutionary desire through their practice of language as material, embodied productivity in scenographies that decentre the ‘human' through a volatile mix of semiotic violence and iconoclastic eroticism. In fact, both writers strategically universalise homoerotic desire, plotting its trajectories to disrupt, deconstruct, or explode in parodic hilarity the cultural practices subtending patriarchal imperialism. This paper will be looking at the ceaseless productivity of desire in their texts as it moves through abjection and animal-becoming and finds serial ignition throughout its metonymic relay, arousing obstruction itself as its medium. Evidently these tropes and the concept of desire as productive come from Deleuze and Guattari (Deleuze & Gauttari 2008a; 2008b). While these subversive poetics are inseparable from the project to storm and overthrow what Timothy Mathews (Mathews 2000) calls the ‘image-fortresses' of patriarchal imperialism, they are less about utopian arrival than about the endlessly renewed performance of desire as metamorphic.
Notes This was the keynote address at Desire Lines Postgraduate Conference hosted by Gender and Diversity Studies, La Trobe University in Dec. 2012
Language eng
Field of Research 199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2013
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