Trans* theory, Porn Studies, Critical Race Theory
Hermeneutics of Labile Bodies: Implications of Queer and Critical Race Epistemologies
Hermeneutics of labile bodies has three central elements. The first is an epistemological investigation into queer theory’s emphasis on linguistic and optic significations. Here I will be paying particular attention to how the expansion of queer theory to incorporate issues of trans* theory, critical race theory, and crip theory under its purview have effected methological approaches from literary criticism to visual cultural studies. The second part of the project takes queer feminist pornography as a case study of how pornographers are integrating, critiquing, and reproducing queer and feminist debates of (anti-)identity politics, paying particular attention to struggles of theoretically informed feminist sexual praxis. The last part of the project starts from Otto Fenichel’s theory scopophilia (to look at is to devour), to ask what is being devoured through visual media when a pornographic text plays with the presentation of identity through fractious, bricolage, and postmodern metaphors of the self. Here I am interested in the project of having a reified anti-identity consumed via optic/linguistic media.