Conclusion: The Queerness of Aesthetic Agency

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Affect Theory and Literary Criticism book series (PSATLC)


This chapter analyzes Chuck Palahniuk’s controversial short story and performance piece “Guts,” tracing the incipiently social relations emerging from his queer conception of reading as sex. I conclude by refuting the equation of affective reading with a “new modesty” in literary criticism, stressing that queer experimental literature affords an interpretative mode for immodestly dreaming up new forms of queer belonging, albeit in idioms that will rarely appear critical enough to count as political imagination.


Literary Criticism Affective Relation Walk Away Reading Public Aesthetic Object 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State University of New York at CortlandCortlandUSA

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