Feminism's Queer Temporalities
By Sam McBean
Routledge – 2015 – 224 pages
Despite feminism’s uneven movements, it has been predominantly understood through metaphors of generations or waves. Feminism's Queer Temporalities builds on critiques of the limitations of this linear model to explore alternative ways of imagining feminism’s timing. It finds in feminism’s literary and cultural archive narratives of temporality that might now be diagnosed as queer, where queer designates modes of being historical that exceed the linear and the generational.
Few theorists have looked to popular feminist figures, literature, and culture to theorize feminism’s timing. Through methodologically creative readings, McBean explores non-generational, anti-linear, and asynchronous time in the figure of Antigone, Marge Piercy’s Woman on the Edge of Time, the film Ladies and Gentlemen: The Fabulous Stains, Valerie Solanas and SCUM Manifesto, and Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home.
The first to substantially bring together the ways in which time has come to matter in both feminist and queer disciplines, this book will appeal to students and scholars of feminist, queer and gender studies, cultural studies and literary studies.
Introduction. 1. Dragging the Not-Yet: Archiving Antigone 2. Loss and Futurity: Marge Piercy’s Woman on the Edge of Time 3. ‘I’m a Waste of Time’: Riot Grrrl and Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains 4. The Feminist Manifesto: Valerie Solanas and SCUM 5. Learning to See Feminism: Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home. Conclusion. Bibliography
Sam McBean is Lecturer in Modernist and Contemporary Literature at Queen Mary, University of London. She has published on contemporary literature, culture, queer theory, and feminist theory in journals including Feminist Review, Camera Obscura, and the Journal of Lesbian Studies.