By Lee Quinby
As the yr 2000 looms, heralding a brand new millennium, apocalyptic idea abounds-and no longer in basic terms between non secular radicals. In politics, technological know-how, philosophy, pop culture, and feminist discourse, apprehensions of the tip look in photographs of cultural decline and concrete chaos, forecasts of the tip of historical past and ecological devastation, and visions of a brand new age of successful know-how or a gender-free utopia. there's, Lee Quinby contends, a threatening "regime of fact" triumphing within the United States-and this regime, with its enforcement of absolute fact and morality, imperils democracy. In Anti-Apocalypse, Quinby bargains a strong critique of the millenarian rhetoric that pervades American tradition. In doing so, she develops techniques for resisting its tyrannies.
Drawing on feminist and Foucauldian concept, Quinby explores the complicated courting among strength, fact, ethics, and apocalypse. She exposes the ramifications of this courting in components as diversified as jeanswear journal ads, the Human Genome undertaking, modern feminism and philosophy, texts by means of Henry Adams and Zora Neale Hurston, and radical democratic activism. through bringing jointly this type of wide selection of subject matters, Quinby exhibits how apocalypse weaves its approach via an unlimited community of possible unrelated discourses and practices. Tracing the deployment of strength via platforms of alliance, sexuality, and know-how, Quinby finds how those energy relationships produce conflicting modes of subjectivity that create percentages for resistance. She promotes various serious stances—genealogical feminism, an ethics of the flesh, and "pissed criticism"—as demanding situations to apocalyptic claims for absolute fact and common morality. Far-reaching in its implications for social and cultural idea in addition to for political activism, Anti-Apocalypse will have interaction readers around the cultural spectrum and problem them to confront some of the most sophisticated and insidious orthodoxies of our day.
Lee Quinby is affiliate professor of English and American stories at Hobart and William Smith schools. She is the writer of Freedom, Foucault, and the topic of the United States (1991) and coeditor (with Irene Diamond) of Feminism and Foucault: Reflections on Resistance (1988).
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23 10 EU(JEAN)ICS This is what has occurred over the last twenty years: late capitalism has reappropriated the New Left's appropriation of the discourses of the natural and rebellion. In these processes of appropriation and reappropriation, meanings attached to the discourses of the natural and the rebellious are altered. All jeanswear ads begin from the premise, which may be located along the axis of eugenics, that denim is natural, true, pure. Yet, since by definition ads are simulations, depictions of the natural are already a product of the axis of eu(jean)ics.
Rather, these blank-screen faces, virtually interchangeable, all invested with the power of the outward gaze, are Baudrillard's schizos, subject to the "absolute proximity, the total instantaneity of things. "30 Although physical contact demarcates four opposite-sex couples from the remaining four figures, one woman and three men (a set of numbers that implies a variety of homosexual and heterosexual possibilities), in each case mirrored narcissism overrides the suggestion of sexual attraction to another.
Sexual contact occurs through telephone and video stimulation. "15 In short, eugenics is about reproduction. Eu(jean)ics is about replication. " Sterility emerges as a goal, for this is the era of suspect body fluids that threaten contamination. For eu(jean)ics, administering healthy bloodlines is less a matter of marriage and procreation and more a matter of purchasing items that either simulate EU(JEAN)ICS 9 youth or give death the look of kitsch. 17 Day 3: JeaivSplicing Contemporary jeanswear ads splice together the power axes of eugenics and fashion to create eu(jean)ics.
Anti-Apocalypse: Exercises in Genealogical Criticism by Lee Quinby