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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

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

Lee Edelman

Fordham University Press

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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