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Queer Surrealism: Desire as Praxis


Queer Surrealism: Desire as Praxis

Dube, Peter (2018) Queer Surrealism: Desire as Praxis. PhD thesis, Concordia University.

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This dissertation examines an overlapping range of concerns, practices and ideas shared by sur-realism and gay liberation and attempts to situate them in relation to each other in order to theo-rize a specifically “queer surrealist” nexus and identify its political and creative potential for the present day. In order to do so it identifies three particular loci of concern: the erotic, aesthesis as a perceptual mode, and the occult, and then examines the specific treatment and theoretical use the two movements made of these in order to identify generative possibilities for their synthesis. Building on this analytical work, the dissertation then proposes a model of a Queer Surrealism as a deliberate cultivation of subjectivity rooted in praxis and positioned against a perpetually de-ferred and utopian horizon that consequently requires constant rearticulation/reimagining. It fur-ther offers a research-creation component (a collection of prose poems) that attempts to actively engage and embody these ideas as a complement to the critical or theoretical exploration.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Humanities: Interdisciplinary Studies
Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Authors:Dube, Peter
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Ph. D.
Date:July 2018
Thesis Supervisor(s):Camlot, Jason
Keywords:Surrealism, gay liberation, queer theory, eros, desire, aesthesis, occult, esoteric, utopia, subjectivity, praxis, prose poetry, research-creation
ID Code:984377
Deposited By: PETER DUBE
Deposited On:31 Oct 2018 17:43
Last Modified:11 Nov 2019 21:53
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