WHICH WAY UTOPIA?: STRAIGHTQUEER AND TRACES/MY OWN CONSTELLATION. BY STEVEN BENSON

Catalyst for reflexions: Dianne Chisholm:”Queer Constellations:Subcultural Space in the Wake of the City” (2005).

Not quite random, but rhizomatic reflections

RHIZOME 1:QUEER/STRAIGHTQUEER; not necessarily an oxymoron because queer is not exclusively/solely about (non-normative) sexual orientation. It is also, and equally, anti-normativity(generally) and anti-establishment;it encompasses, for example:

Supporting Jeremy Corbyn and some/all of what he stands for;

It includes anything different(from societally imposed) norms, quirkiness of character, political views which challenge grand narratives, irony, homage and much else;

Ok, a very wide definition; but NOT an antidefinition(that gets us nowhere{pragmatically} though , philosophically, it can, obviously, be argued/upheld); but there ARE meanings in this word queer; see these links https://towardsutopia.wordpress.com/2012/10/31/queerin-its-sense-of-not-solely-relating-to-sexual-orientationin-literature-a-creative-explorationclarification-of-what-it-means-to-me-by-steven-benson/

and

https://towardsutopia.wordpress.com/2012/11/09/queer-part-2-queer-in-its-sexual-orientation-and-gender-senseincluding-my-personal-involvementon-a-local-levelin-the-fight-for-lgbt-equality-by-steven-benson/

(my own attemps at {towards a } definition of queer in BOTH its major senses)

Back to straightqueer: refers to non lgbt (defining) supporters of lgbt struggles, as well as the above(definition).

RHIZOME 2:”When the archaic and enduring can no longer be sighted amidst renovations, the cue to rememberance, rememberance itself is lost”(Chisholm, op.cit, p.4).

My flat is queer in BOTH senses (see above links); it is quirky and idiosyncratic; and each room has its own design and purpose. It pays (queer/postmodern) citational homage to

my past

(East) Berlin

Gothic (in a loose, uncanny sense)

Razzle-dazzle(s){rainbow colours}

Razzle-dazzle/rainbow

Razzle-dazzle/rainbow

Gothic uncanny hallway

Gothic uncanny hallway

(East) Berlin traces and rememberances

(East) Berlin traces and rememberances

It also- as an antidote/reparation/recovery to the danger of which Chisholm (eloquently and movingly) speaks-has traces/collages/rememberances/ constellations(queer and otherwise) to/of:

My mum (pictures/captures): she died in 2009.

Lost LPs from the 1960s https://towardsutopia.wordpress.com/2015/08/25/a-benjaminesque-photo-assemblageconstellation-of-spectralpsychogeography-my-own-parisian-arcade-and-a-rememberance-of-william-barrington-coupe-by-steven-benson/

Soviet era LPs, in plain MK covers.

MY LGBT/GAY/QUEER study

Gay/queer archive: novels/literary theory

Gay/queer archive: novels/literary theory

From the archive

From the archive

My constellation of gay/queer/lgbt books range from pre Woolfenden texts(that cry out for reparative readings, to heal them), to modern lgbt studies/queer critical theory and cross- genre assemblages,including the ultimate  queer (in sense of anti-capitalist/communitarian/anti-masculinist/anti-hegemonic tendency towards global catastrophe) writer, WG Sebald (see my long essays on “A Month in the Country”, eg https://towardsutopia.wordpress.com/2013/07/06/a-snatch-of-half-vanished-melody-the-closest-glimpse-we-have-into-sebalds-soul-and-his-pre-occupations-ruminations-on-a-place-in-the-countrytrans-caitling-2013-part-1tripp-and-introd/

So the study is a history/archive/recollection/montage/collage/constellation of my life in reading (from the late 70s till now).

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Notice how Chisholm does not set “archaic” AGAINST “enduring”; there is nothing redundant about the past, freed from its commodity value. The old/antique can subsist, polyphonically, ALONGSIDE  the new/present/future in a Benjaminesque constellation and, thus, preserve a trace from the past, which, like Benjamin’s “Angel of History”, looks BACK to the past whilst, concurrently,looking forward to the future(including the present); though sans the strong catastrophizing tendency that Benjamin (and Sebald) put forward.

BUT, NOT EXCLUDING dislocation distress (moving twice in 6 months, FORCIBLY, ie sans choice, HAVING to move):-I curate rememberances from my pasts and push them through the door of time into the present and future, towards an ever-powerful Utopia(in its everyday sense of a place of Nirvana/plenitude/self-actualization, not in its etymological sense of “nowhere”!)

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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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One Response to WHICH WAY UTOPIA?: STRAIGHTQUEER AND TRACES/MY OWN CONSTELLATION. BY STEVEN BENSON

  1. decayetude says:

    Thanks, as ever, Gill:)xx

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