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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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Response: Queer Enfleshment

Response: Queer Enfleshment

(p.292) Response: Queer Enfleshment
Sexual Disorientations

Mary-Jane Rubenstein

Fordham University Press

This brief response catches glimpses within Karmen MacKendrick’s work, glimpses of what one might call a queer-incarnational apophasis. In her attention to mourning, melancholia, and haunting, MacKendrick attunes us to the queer temporality of a past that never quite was, for the sake of a future that might be genuinely new: such would be the structure of “the possible.” Reading MacKendrick through Laurel Schneider and José Muñoz, this essay attends to flashes of enfleshment—of livability and even justice—in the midst of an unbearable present. Here incarnation becomes promiscuous, ordinary, and spatio-temporally queer: not-quite, but not-quite-not; almost and all over the place.

Keywords:   apophasis, haunting, incarnation, Karmen MacKendrick, José Esteban Muñoz, possibility, promiscuity, queer temporality, Laurel Schneider

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