An Impossible Embrace: Queerness, Futurity, and the Death Drive

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This chapter argues that the death drive can also be a force of invention and creation rather than a will to destruction. The emphasis on the creative yet impersonal agency of the drive contests the ideological alignment of the future with heteronormative kinship structures or reproductive politics, and thus resonates with group formation based on kinship.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Time for the Humanities
Subtitle of host publicationFuturity and the Limits of Autonomy
EditorsJames J. Bono, Tim Dean, Ewa Plonowska Ziarek
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherFordham University Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9780823229192
StatePublished - Nov 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • queerness
  • futurity
  • death drive
  • kinship
  • heteronomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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