Forsaking ‘Place’

  • Oliver Brett


This chapter considers how the occupation of ‘space’ must, to some extent, be given up and room made for the other. The stubbornness of ‘place’ is outlined against more progressive ideals, which is explored through three Italian texts dealing with contemporary queer realities. Brett highlights how the relinquishment of ‘space’ reflects a struggle between broader political initiatives (for example, European Union directives on same-sex marriage and parenting) and reactions to these at the level of the local and the national. This encounter permeates the individual stories recounted in the selected texts with formal politics pitted against informal responses structuring the performance of ‘place’. It is argued by Brett that a key dynamic of this documentary performance centres on a queer indeterminacy.


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  • Oliver Brett
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  1. 1.Department of Modern LanguagesUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK

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