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Queer Negativity and Radical Passivity 5. The chapters are not cohesively tied together; the use of theory sometimes felt like a half-decision, and was often clumsy; and the idea of ‘failure’ was constantly negotiated, as opposed to an offer of a resolute way of being in the world. The Queer Art of Failure is a groundbreaking book that retheorizes failure and its relationship to the process of knowledge production and being in the world. I am sympathetic to almost everything in this book, but I feel like the bolts halbetstam this needed to be tightened another few cranks maybe?

The Queer Art of Failure

Halberstam does an excellent job of looking at how queers are failures in society to begin with and that there is not necessarily nowhere to go up, but everywhere to go different. However, here, I felt like Halberstam was bringing something new to each chapter. However, I think some of Halberstam’s readings are a bit of a stretch, and overall, the book feels a little erratic, and might have benefited from a little extra editing.


Failing is something queers do and have always done exceptionally well; for queers if can be a style, to cite Quentin Crisp, or a way of life, to cite Foucault, and it can stand in contrast to the grim scenarios of success that depend upon ‘trying and trying again. This was also because of the diversity of the source material she uses, from animated children’s films to artworks to theory to Dude where’s my car and so on.

A lively and thought-provoking examination of how the homogenizing tendencies of modern society might be resisted through the creative application of failure, forgetting, and passivity, actions generally deemed of little value halbrestam today’s capitalist models of success. Apr 04, Brenden O’Donnell rated it it was amazing. The politics of heteronormativity and sexual dissidence has never appeared as lucid as it does now that we have SpongeBob SquarePants as our guide.

Having read this book, can you define the titular “queer art of failure”? I knew this film said something as a kid, and Halberstam articulates this kind of childlike reasoning wonderfully.

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Judith HalberstamJack Halberstam. This is one of those books that you get upset when you reach the last chapter because you don’t want it to end. Jan 26, Anna rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a thoroughly academic exercise in mapping failure onto queer theory’s subversive sensibilities, and succeeds to varying degrees. Homosexuality and Fascism 6.

Dude, Where’s My Phallus? Either way, this is a sublime sentence: Much less a polemic for failure than kf intriguing exploration of it, I felt that this book was not quite finished.


Tacking back and forth between high theory and low theory, high culture and low culture, Halberstam looks for the unexpected and subversive in popular culture, avant-garde performance, and queer art. I halbersta it before it was required reading for some of my Uni classes. Oct 01, Paulina rated it really liked it.

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Halberstam is the author of In a Queer Time and Place: Rather than resisting endings and limits, let us instead revel in and cleave to all of our own inevitable fantastic failures. Those who feel like failures in ac Browsing in a library is halbertsam of the great joys of life, as it allows serendipitous book discoveries like this: By sheer luck, Arh found it when especially receptive to a subversive and entertaining angle on academia and failure.

Aug 07, Jamie Hall rated it really liked it. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Halberstam, failhre accepts masculine and feminine pronouns, as well as the name “Judith,” with regard to his gender identity, focuses on the topic of tomboys and female masculinity for his writings.

Essentially, I think this book is not “about” what it is trying to be about. Those who are tired of heteronormativity. She states her purpose: