Slash as Queer Utopia

I Willis

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In Text, John Mowitt writes that textuality can be understood “in terms of the interplay between what takes place within a cultural production... and what, as yet, has no place within the social”. In this paper I will be trying to tease out the complicated topography produced by this interplay between what takes place and what has no place, in its specific relation to the utopic and queer spaces produced by slash fan fiction. I argue that Mowitt’s understanding of the text allows us to interrogate and to reframe the relationship between textuality and historical/social context (often metaphorized as ‘situatedness’, fixity, location). In this way we will be able to read the utopics of slash, not as the ‘no-place’ of a desire free from the constraints of the social, but as a model for politically and ethically responsible textuality.
Translated title of the contributionSlash as Queer Utopia
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Technology Sydney
Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2007

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    Willis, I. (Author). (2007). Slash as Queer Utopia. Web publication/site, University of Technology Sydney.