• Working Darkly and Beautifully at the Bottom of Our Game: Failing, Fragility, and Making Things

    Author(s):
    Eileen Joy (see profile)
    Date:
    2013
    Group(s):
    Cultural Studies, Education and Pedagogy, Feminist Humanities, LGBTQ Studies, Medieval Studies
    Subject(s):
    Medieval studies, Cultural studies, Humanism, Autobiography
    Item Type:
    Blog Post
    Tag(s):
    failure, queer temporality, makers, memoir
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/jpbq-jd52
    Abstract:
    This essay argues, through various personal anecdotes, for a university in which our work and lives would turn away from impersonal professionalism and more towards a praxis where we would recognize better, as Brantley Bryant has written, that our "very strength, our very expertise, comes from darkness, indeterminacy, unmarketably disastrous historical realities, hanging, drowning, plague, ruin," and where we would see better "with our flawed vision, be happy with less than enough, and work darkly and beautifully at the bottom of our game." The essay argues further that we need to understand better how divergent desires for divergent objects structure what we do within the university, and we should work harder to practice a non-possessive humanities -- a diffcult love -- that allows more room for others to want what we do not necessarily also want.
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