The LGBT agenda has been dominated by pragmatic issues like same-sex marriage and gays in the military. This book contends that queerness is instead a futurity bound phenomenon, a 'not yet here' that critically engages pragmatic presentism.
Acknowledgments vii; Introduction: Feeling Utopia 1; 1. Queerness as Horizon: Utopian Hermeneutics in the Face of Gay Pragmatism 25; 2. Ghosts of Public Sex 45; 3. The Future is in the Present: Sexual Avant-Gardes and the Performance of Utopia 66; 4. Gesture, Ephemera, and Queer Feeling: Approaching Kevin Aviance 89; 5. Cruising the Toilet: LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka, Radical Black Traditions and Queer Futurity 114; 6. Stages: Queers, Punks, and the Utopian Performative 133; 7. Utopia's Seating Chart: Ray Johnson, Jill Johnston, and Queer Intermedia as System 153; 8. Just Like Heaven: Queer Utopian Art and the Aesthetic Dimension 174; 9. A Jete Out the Window: Fred Herko's Incandescent Illumination 194; 10. After Jack: Queer Failure, Queer Virtuosity 220; Conclusion: "Take Ecstasy with Me" 239; Selected Bibliography 246; Notes 259; Index 000; About the Author 287