Lauren Berlant and Lee Edelman. Sex, or, the Unbearable. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014. [Book Review]
journal contributionposted on 23.05.2017 by Jessica Durham
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Lauren Berlant and Lee Edelman’s Sex, or the unbearable is an experimental work of queer-theory-inflected psychoanalytic cultural criticism, a collaborative dialogue “in which theory, politics, and close textual analysis encounter the pedagogical necessity of responding to the provocations of otherness” (ix). The text forms a dialogic exploration of multimedia representations of sex, loosely understood as a scene of relationality—the experiences and events by which we encounter otherness and experience ourselves,
including processes of negotiation, the unbearable, hopes, anxieties, the abject, etc. (viii). The authors ask and explore how “sex in the absence of optimism” could be thought, desired, or conceptualised."