Untimely Forgetting: Melancholia, Sexual Dispossession, and Queer Femininity

Untimely Forgetting, Melancholia and Queer Femininity

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ABSTRACT: I investigate how queer femme melancholia offers a politics and ethics of temporality and an untimely reckoning with gender and sexuality. I argue that queer versions of femininity intervene in not just cultural norms associated with particular identities, but even more profoundly offer alternative ways to live and imagine time. Employing a melancholic relationship to gender, queer femininity “forgets” certain cultural scripts that have done violence to marginalized populations and instead forges a creative, resistant, and complex performance.

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    UCLA Center for Research on Women Newsletter, 2008. 6-9.