Anti-Apocalypse: Exercises in Genealogical Criticism by Lee Quinby

By Lee Quinby

As the yr 2000 looms, heralding a brand new millennium, apocalyptic concept 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 top seem in pictures of cultural decline and concrete chaos, forecasts of the tip of heritage and ecological devastation, and visions of a brand new age of positive know-how or a gender-free utopia. there's, Lee Quinby contends, a threatening "regime of fact" winning 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 concepts for resisting its tyrannies.

Drawing on feminist and Foucauldian idea, Quinby explores the complicated dating among energy, fact, ethics, and apocalypse. She exposes the ramifications of this courting in parts as assorted as jeanswear journal advertisements, the Human Genome venture, modern feminism and philosophy, texts through Henry Adams and Zora Neale Hurston, and radical democratic activism. by means of bringing jointly this kind of wide selection of themes, Quinby indicates how apocalypse weaves its means via an enormous community of likely unrelated discourses and practices. Tracing the deployment of strength via structures of alliance, sexuality, and expertise, Quinby finds how those strength relationships produce conflicting modes of subjectivity that create probabilities for resistance. She promotes numerous 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 concept in addition to for political activism, Anti-Apocalypse will have interaction readers around the cultural spectrum and problem them to confront essentially the most refined and insidious orthodoxies of our day.

Lee Quinby is affiliate professor of English and American reviews at Hobart and William Smith schools. She is the writer of Freedom, Foucault, and the topic of the US (1991) and coeditor (with Irene Diamond) of Feminism and Foucault: Reflections on Resistance (1988).

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3 Genealogy attempts to put on display the places where force relations dig 31 32 GENEALOGICAL FEMINISM in, below the surface of the skin, not quite visible yet making themselves felt, governing behavior, posture, gesture, becoming the truth of one's being. Genealogy exposes how that truth appraises certain behaviors and relationships as sinful or abnormal and designates others as virtuous or proper. Genealogical feminism is a stance that endorses feminist coalition as paramount for fighting the force relations of masculinist apocalypse.

Pepe (1989) EU(JEAN)ICS 21 By the end of the 1980s, the genes/jeans pun was formally installed in the eu(jean)ic archive. As this ad for Pepe jeans indicates, the discourses of fashion and science converge to promise a fit between individual variability of body and genetic make-up. The small print running vertically down the left side provides a parallelism that simultaneously differentiates and conflates commodities, sex, and reproductive technology. Alongside the image of the blue jeans the ad reads: "Men's & women's jeans.

Genealogical feminism is a stance that endorses feminist coalition as paramount for fighting the force relations of masculinist apocalypse. Proposing that feminism become more genealogical is not to ignore the differences between feminisms that have taken shape out of specific concerns over race, class, sexuality, and so on. It is, rather, a way of accenting the genealogical momentum already integral to feminism that acknowledged those differences in the first place. 4 Even more than drawing discursive boundaries (the defining characteristic of an archaeology of knowledge), genealogy examines the interrelations of power, knowledge, and the body.

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