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Sexual DisorientationsQueer Temporalities, Affects, Theologies$
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Kent L. Brintnall, Joseph A. Marchal, and Stephen D. Moore

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823277513

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823277513.001.0001

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The Entrepreneur and the Big Drag: Risky Affirmation in Capital’s Time

The Entrepreneur and the Big Drag: Risky Affirmation in Capital’s Time

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Sexual Disorientations

Linn Marie Tonstad

Fordham University Press

Some theologians and queer theorists prescribe what this chapter terms the “ecstatic-ascetic subject of self-loss” as the only answer to the discontinuous autonomous subject of late modernity. Such thinkers miss the way the self is already shattered by the infinite demands placed on it by late capitalism: vulnerability, finitude, risk-taking, and failure are endemic to the global economic order and characteristic of the entrepreneurial self. Other strategies than the affirmation of these shared features of human existence are therefore needed to redirect capitalism’s pressures toward a better future. This chapter suggests that queer temporal relations with the demands of those who have gone before—lesbian-feminists, persons with HIV-AIDS, and others who refuse the logic of generational succession—can redirect the future beyond what global capitalism offers, without denying the reality of death and loss that characterizes finitude.

Keywords:   ascesis, capitalism, entrepreneur, finitude, queer temporality, subjectivity

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