CRITICAL THINKING IN THE FORM OF A POEM:THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SEBALD’S SPECTRAL GEOGRAPHY(THE ABJECT SUBJECT), AND UTOPIAN GAY/QUEER GEOGRAPHIES

Cosmo

Adelwarth;

Dr.K-

You were all

Jambed

STUCK

In politically

Constructed

ABJECTION:

You were

Invisibilized

Marginalised,

Made

ABJECT.

Sebald’s PHYSICALLY

Haunted Geography

Mirrored

Your OWN

Inner

Spectral

Spaces.

You could not

Escape the

“Jackboot of

History”.

 

 

………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

But, at

Laurieston, in the

Edward Carpenter

Community,

TODAY,

In the

NOW,

We gay men

Have the

Luxury of

Experiencing the

Sheer joy

Of a

Gay Men’s

Utopia,

Where

Hegemonic time

STOPS

And is

SIDE-STEPPED

(For a week);

And the fairies

Run riot.

So we have

A 3-D

Realization of

Habelstams’s

Queer

Temporality;

As hegemonic

“Time”

Grinds to a

Standstill.

So we can enjoy

Performativity

Games

The ludic,

BEING

OURSELVES;

And are

No longer

Abject

Other.

And the

Gay/Queer

Geography

Is there too:
Laurieston-

An example of

A free

Non-hegemonized

Place/Space,

Away from

Constraints:

A place of

Joy

Freedom

Exploration;

A SAFE space,

A safe geography.

ACTUALIZED..

Gay/Queer

UTOPIA

{Not the most poetic utterance perhaps but I have hoped to exhibit the theory and critical thinking more clearly via a practical application of it in free verse.

These definitions might help. Apologies if you are already familiar with this (alternative, counter-hegemonic discourse)language:

1. the abject/abjection: a person(subject) marginalised or excluded from hegemonic(mainstream) society, even to the extent of psycho-social(near) annihilation: for instance, Sebald’s ghostly homosexual characters; whereby the subject inhabits the spaces BETWEEN, or even the NON-SPACES(unless she/he has an alternative space to go to),the location points of normativising mainstream society/history. So the subject(be it real person or character in a fiction) is SPLIT OFF from (parts of) themselves, or disassociated (from themselves). In other words, they are perceived by others as different from the way they are (if they are lucky/self-actualized enough)perceiving themselves. At the worst, this abjection will take the form of being a focus for others’ OWN split off(unacknowledged, unassimilated) parts of themselves, leading to scapegoating as representing the other, that is (possibly) in these people too, but which they are unable to own/admit/acknowledge; at best, there will be an attempt at normativisation,viz. viewing these (externalized) “others” as “just friends”, “master and valet”, “brothers”(for example, Cosmo and Adelwarth in Sebald’s “The Emmigrants”, who are actually, despite the fact that their SELF-actuality is constantly threatened from without/from other people’s projections onto them, a HOMOSEXUAL COUPLE)

2. hegemonic:the politically/historically/religiously(thus SOCIALLY) dominant ideology, from which other groupings/individuals are(at least partly) excluded, because they “don’t fit in”; but this can, POSITIVELY, lead to the (self) construction of alternative, non-hegemonic(ized) external and inner realities/worlds and identities(eg. queer, lgbt, transgender identities)

3. Judith Habelstam: I am indebted to her chapter “Queer Temporality and PostModern Geographies” in “The Queer time and Place”(2005), as the catalyst for my reflections. Thus, from Habelstam(I am not aware has been used previously, but it may have been):

4. Queer temporality(“queer” as not just referring to sexual orientation and gender): alternative versions of time (outside hegemonic familial and reproductive time) through drug useage and concomitant intensification of(bodily/spiritual/emotional) experience. Compare valium and espresso-or both simultaneously!!!; or, another example- a break from the youth v. age binary-so you do not actually HAVE to “act your age”: you can be creatively CHILDLIKE at ANY age(obviously with any  physiological limitations taken into account).

5.Performativity:playing roles/games; being ludic. Cf. acting/drama/drag kings sporting false beards and using a dildo(thus playing with, and thereby SUBVERTING, traditional ideas of what are “masculine” or “feminine” behaviours or physiological/ psychological characteristics)

6. Queer or gay or lgbt geography:Habelstam again(thanks for the stimulus for these thoughts!); a (re) queering/re-gayifying of space/landscape/geography; either, PHYSICALLY, on a Gay Men’s Week(at a gay-friendly community in Scotland), or on Canal Street, in Manchester, or St. James street in Brighton; or, PSYCHOLOGICALLY, an internal landcape of self-acceptance, moving outwards and blooming towards joy, self-expression and just being your (WHOLE) self}

 

 

 

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ENTHUSIASMS: CLASSICAL MUSIC, ESPECIALLY OBSCURE ROMANTIC COMPOSERS; BACH/HANDEL LITERATURE, ESPECIALLY THOUGHTFUL, WELL-WRITTEN(STYLISTICALLY)NOVELS W G SEBALD WALTER BENJAMIN THEODOR ADORNO(JUST BEGINNING!) AESTHETIC PHILOSOPHY GAY MEN'S WRITING;QUEER THEORY STIMULATING DISCUSSIONS(EMOTIONALLY AND INTELLECTUALLY) GOOD RICH THICK ESPRESSO MICHAEL PONTI SPRITUALITY/LIFE'S "AURA"(BENJAMIN), WHATEVER TRANSCENDENTAL THING YOU WANT TO CALL THIS MEMORY-the elusiveness thereof. LOST TIME AND AN ATTEMPT AT ITS REDEMPTION(NON THEISTICALLY/RELIGIOUSLY)
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3 Responses to CRITICAL THINKING IN THE FORM OF A POEM:THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SEBALD’S SPECTRAL GEOGRAPHY(THE ABJECT SUBJECT), AND UTOPIAN GAY/QUEER GEOGRAPHIES

  1. decayetude says:

    Thx for liking Gill:love Steve

  2. Merry says:

    Queer time and queer place sound to me like sacred time and sacred place. Same? Different? Equivalent? Love, Merry

  3. decayetude says:

    Yes, more or less similar,Merry: safe, special, sacred(in non-thestic sense). perhaps read the opening of Eliot(TS) “Burnt Norton”(first part of “4 Quartets”)- the Rose garden”-time apart from time; sacred geography-I quite like that:) love Steve

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