Saturday, April 18, 2015

Being With: A Special Issue of Social Text on the Work of José Esteban Muñoz

Just came across the "Being With" 2014 special issue of Social Text, which Lisa Duggan mentions in her "He Does Class and Race, She Does Gender and Sexuality (and Class and Race): Heteronormativity in the Left Academy" blogpost on Bully Bloggers. (Thanks for posting on Facebook, William Calvo-Quirós!) It is a very moving and fascinating tribute to leading scholar José Esteban Muñoz (1967-2013), full of insightful essays, poems, and performance documentation. Some highlights include Jean-Luc Nancy's "Ode to José Esteban Muñoz" (masterfully translated by Damon R. Young), Joshua Chambers-Letson's reflection on organ transplants and Pedro Almodóvar's classic film All About My Mother ("Compensatory Hypertrophy, or All about My Mother"), Alexandra T. Vazquez's "Parts of a World," Joshua Javier Guzmán's "Notes on the Comedown," Tavia Nyong'o's "In Finitude: Being with José, Being with Pedro" (about Pedro Zamora), José Quiroga's "Unpacking My Files: My Life as a Queer Brigadista," and Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas's "It’s Kinda Cold Out Here: A Poem Assembled from Correspondence, with an Introduction." A beautiful publication!

Social Text (Volume 32, Number 4 121, Winter 2014, Special Issue Editors: The Being With Research Cluster).

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