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If the Future is a Fetish
by Sgro, Sarah, M.F.A., The University of Mississippi, 2018, 58; 10844815
Abstract (Summary)

If The Future Is A Fetish explores a vision of maternity which exists outside of traditional partnerships and the nuclear family, feeding instead on loss, depression, and complex sexual identity. It is hybrid and intertextual, incorporating excerpted and collaged language from queer theorists, plant life experts, and adolescent psychologists. The chapbook refutes the argument that queer people are best off embracing death and rejecting various forms of conventional reproduction, including child-bearing. While this rebellion is potentially liberating, I reject the romanticization of death—even in an self-affirming sense—given the real threats of violence faced by the queer community to which I belong. I seek out an alternative path to empowerment which rejects heteronormativity while celebrating endurance and survival.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Harriell, Derrick
School: The University of Mississippi
Department: Fine Arts-Creative Writing
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: MAI 58/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Creative writing
Publication Number: 10844815
ISBN: 978-0-438-53761-3
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