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Constellations of a Contemporary Romanticism$
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Jacques Khalip and Forest Pyle

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823271030

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823271030.001.0001

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The Pathology of the Future, or the Endless Triumphs of Life

The Pathology of the Future, or the Endless Triumphs of Life

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(p.35) The Pathology of the Future, or the Endless Triumphs of Life
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Constellations of a Contemporary Romanticism
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Lee Edelman

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823271030.003.0003

At once engaging de Man and revealing the ambivalent moves between futurity and non-development which saturate that famous reading, Edelman uncovers in Shelley a historical pathologization of the turn to life, and its attending complications. As a subtle critique of recent theoretical valuations of life in both Romanticism and biopolitics, Edelman argues for a tropic dismantling of the necessity of “life”: Shorn of the future-bound elements of those discussions, life is considered otherwise in terms of a darker movement that cannot be lived and yet at the same time, is inextricable from what we think normative “life” might be.

Keywords:   bipolitics, De Man, futurity, queer theory, Shelley, triumph of life

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