Bent kid, straight world: Life writing and the reconfiguration of 'queer'

Marsh, Victor (2011) Bent kid, straight world: Life writing and the reconfiguration of 'queer'. Text, 15 1: .

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Author Marsh, Victor
Title Bent kid, straight world: Life writing and the reconfiguration of 'queer'
Journal name Text
ISSN 1327-9556
Publication date 2011-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 15
Issue 1
Total pages 8
Editor Nigel Krauth
Kevin Brophy
Place of publication Nathan, QLD, Australia
Publisher Australian Association of Writing Programs
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Michel Foucault would have it that ‘the critique of what we are is at one and the same time the historical analysis of the limits that are imposed on us’ and ‘an experiment with the possibility of going beyond them’ (Foucault 1984). I argue that, rather than upholding a fixed notion of self that is culturally produced, historically situated and politically defended, in its quest for continuing liberation queer consciousness reaches beyond the cultural framings that have produced it to access technologies of selfhood unauthorised by dominant cultural discourses. This inquiry has the potential to recuperate areas of lived experience shut down by the ‘culture of insult’ (Eribon 2004).

Following Paul John Eakins’ proposal that identity is a narrative construction, and the project of the self is malleable, then autobiographical writing has become the genre par excellence for recovering and reevaluating experience filtered from awareness by hostile cultural framings and may thus contribute to reconfiguring and re-integrating aspects of identity. This has implications beyond the political struggle for civil rights, reaching into newly emergent configurations of post-secular spirituality. I will discuss how the creative praxis of life writing can recuperate lost parts of the self otherwise silenced by the dominant culture, including those not authorised by normative religious discourse, with excerpts from my work in progress, The Boy in the Yellow Dress, a memoir cast in the first person.
Keyword Interpellation
Life writing
Queer spiritual autobiography
Technologies of self
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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