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The Modernist Art of Queer Survival

Benjamin Bateman


This book explores an archive of modernist literature that conceives survival as a collective enterprise linking lives across boundaries of race, time, class, species, gender, and sexuality. As social Darwinism promoted a selfish, competitive, and combatively individualistic understanding of survival, the four modernists examined here countered by imagining how postures of precarity, vulnerability, and receptivity can breed pleasurably and environmentally sustainable modes of interdependent survival. These modes prove particularly vital and appealing to queer bodies, desires, and intimacies de ... More

Keywords: modernism, survival, queer, social Darwinism, precarity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190676537
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190676537.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin Bateman, author
Associate Professor, California State University, Los Angeles