By David L. Eng
Eng develops the idea that of “queer diasporas” as a serious reaction to queer liberalism. a strategy drawing realization to new different types of family members and kinship, bills of matters and subjectivities, and relatives of have an effect on and hope, the concept that differs from the conventional notions of diaspora, theories of the geographical region, and rules of neoliberal capitalism upon which queer liberalism flourishes. Eng analyzes movies, documentaries, and literature by way of Asian and Asian American artists together with Wong Kar-wai, Monique Truong, Deann Borshay Liem, and Rea Tajiri, in addition to a psychoanalytic case background of a transnational adoptee from Korea. In so doing, he demonstrates how queer Asian migrant exertions, transnational adoption from Asia, and the political and psychic legacies of jap internment underwrite narratives of racial forgetting and queer freedom within the current. a spotlight on queer diasporas additionally highlights the necessity for a poststructuralist account of relatives and kinship, one delivering psychic choices to Oedipal paradigms. The Feeling of Kinship makes a huge contribution to American reviews, Asian American reviews, diaspora stories, psychoanalysis, and queer theory.
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Extra info for The Feeling of Kinship: Queer Liberalism and the Racialization of Intimacy
Judith Butler observes that, when the study of kinship was combined with the study of structural linguistics, the exchange of women was likened to the trafﬁcking of a sign, the linguistic currency facilitating a symbolic bond among men. ’’∂≥ In this manner, structuralist accounts of language have burdened us with structuralist accounts of kinship underwritten by the dominance of the Oedipus comintroduction 15 From The Feeling of Kinship by Eng, David L.. 1215/9780822392828 Duke University Press, 2010.
All rights reserved. 11 privacy cases related to a woman’s control over her reproductive rights and access to abortion: Griswold v. Connecticut (1965); Eisenstadt v. Baird (1972); Roe v. Wade (1973); Carey v. Population Services International (1977); and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. ∂≥ But what if we were to pursue a reading of Lawrence through an alternate legal genealogy, through the specter of race, through the ghost of miscegenation? One central argument raised by the plaintiffs’ attorneys—accepted in Justice O’Connor’s concurrence though ultimately dismissed by the majority opinion—was framed in terms of equal protection.
1215/9780822392828 Duke University Press, 2010. All rights reserved. 11 bring us to another psychic alternative and possibility: the prospect of racial reparation. Mina’s loss of mother and motherland triggers a series of primitive and violent psychical responses such that we are forced to rethink Melanie Klein’s theories of infantile development—of good and bad objects, and good and bad mothers—in terms of good and bad racialized objects, good and bad racialized mothers. Mina’s case history demands a consideration of racial difference as constitutive of, rather than peripheral to, Klein’s fundamental notions of splitting and idealization, of depression and guilt, and of reinstatement and reparation.