Relocations Queer Suburban Imaginaries
What queer lives, loves and possibilities teem within suburbia's little boxes? Moving beyond the imbedded urban/rural binary, Relocationsoffers the first major queer cultural study of sexuality, race and representation in the suburbs. Focusing on More...
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Copyright Year: 2011
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication Date: 8/1/2011
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
What queer lives, loves and possibilities teem within suburbia's little boxes? Moving beyond the imbedded urban/rural binary, Relocationsoffers the first major queer cultural study of sexuality, race and representation in the suburbs. Focusing on the region humorists have referred to as "Lesser Los Angeles"#x13;a global prototype for sprawl#x13;Karen Tongson weaves through suburbia's "nowhere"spaces to survey our spatial imaginaries: The aesthetic, creative and popular materials of the new suburbia.Across southern California's freeways, beneath its overpasses and just beyond its winding cloverleaf interchanges, Tongson explores the improvisational archives of queer suburban sociability, from multimedia artist Lynne Chan's JJ Chinois projects And The amusement park night-clubs of 1980s Orange County To The imperial legacies of the region known as the Inland Empire. By taking a hard look at the cosmopolitanism historically considered de rigeur for queer subjects, while engaging with the so-called "New Suburbanism" that has captivated the national imaginary in everything from lifestyle trends to electoral politics, Relocationsradically revises our sense of where to see and feel queer of color sociability, politics and desire.
Karen Tongson is Associate Professor of English and Gender Studies at University of Southern California. She is co-editor for NYU Press’s Postmillennial Pop series and is also co-editor-in-chief of The Journal of Popular Music Studies .
|List of Illustrations|
|Preface and Acknowledgments|
|Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries|
|Relocating Queer Critique|
|Behind the Orange Curtain|
|Empire of My Familiar|
|The Light That Never Goes Out: Butchlalis de Panochtitlan Reclaim ï¿½Lesser Los Angelesï¿½|
|Coda: Love among the Ruins: Contact, Creativity, and Klub Fantasy|
|About the Author|