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Title: STAYING WITH NEGATIVITY: TOWARD A QUEER HOSPITALITY IN MAGGIE NELSON'S THE ARGONANTS
Authors: TAN WEI XIN
Issue Date: 13-Apr-2020
Citation: TAN WEI XIN (2020-04-13). STAYING WITH NEGATIVITY: TOWARD A QUEER HOSPITALITY IN MAGGIE NELSON'S THE ARGONANTS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In this thesis, I argue for the importance of a queer hospitality by bringing Jacques Derrida’s idea of hospitality in relation to queerness and negativity. For Derrida, hospitality refers to an unconditional openness to the other, calling into question what has been normalized, fixed or settled, since the other is unforeseeable and arrives as a surprise. In the eyes of queer theory, heteronormativity is a closed, totalized system that precludes the possibility of hospitality, since it prescribes normative conceptions of gender and sexuality and is built upon the exclusion of queerness. Drawing on queer theorists who have taken up negativity in different ways, I argue that negativity is necessary for hospitality to prevent any kind of totalization from taking place. To maintain the opening to, and for, otherness, there needs to be a persistent gap, or irresolution, that prevents any system, structure, or order from being closed and inhospitable. Furthermore, I build upon Jean-Luc Nancy’s and John Paul Ricco’s thinking on coexistence to suggest how a relationality that does not disavow negativity is more hospitable than one built on sameness and communion. Hospitality is thus not about assimilation or inclusion but about reckoning with, and opening up to, otherness as such. A queer hospitality, then, calls for the need to challenge and reconfigure heteronormative concepts such that they do not delimit what is possible. The stakes of such a queer hospitality will be explicated through a reading of Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/170776
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