Women's Studies Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 3/4, Fall

A Drive-In Dreamland
To say that Albert Grass was no business man might seem self-evident in hindsight, as his list of achievements amount to no more than pitching one ill-fated scheme after the next. But the visionary founder of the Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society...
Alien Connections: Recovering Contingency in Social Forms
Alien Connections: Recovering Contingency in Social Forms Sara Ahmed's The Promise of Happiness, Durham: Duke University Press, 2010 Richard M. Doyle, Darwin's Pharmacy: Sex, Plants, and the Evolution of the Noósphere, Seattle: University of Washington...
A Revelatory Distillation of Experience
I was in only the fourth and seventh grades, respectively, when Audre Lorde s "Poetry Is Not a Luxury" and "The Uses of the Erotic" were first published. During that time in the mid-1970s I was duly ensconced in the queering of popular culture vis-à-vis...
Audre Lorde, Presente!
At the Fourth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women held at Mount Holyoke College in August 1978 I heard Audre Lorde read her essay, "Uses of the Erotic, the Erotic as Power." The experience transformed my life. It wasn't the essay alone. It was...
Banal, Familiar, and Enrapturing: Financial Enchantment after Guatemala's Genocide
Maybe I should start with the world that has made conspiracy theory not only possible (and popular) but ever present, unavoidable, pervasive, compulsive, fun, frightening, and fascinating. . . . The networked world of system and power. . . . The burgeoning...
Birthing the Warrior: Poetry as Illumination
The quality of light by which we scrutinize our lives has aired hearing upon the produd which we live, and upon the changes which we hope to bring about through those lives. It is within this light that we form those ideas by which we pursue our magic...
Black Girls Are from the Future: Afrofuturist Feminism in Octavia E. Butler's Fledgling
Vampires are a ubiquitous presence in contemporary American culture. The recent popularity of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Twilight Saga, Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, the Underworld films, and HBO s True Blood, among other works, not only reflects...
Charlotte Russe
A small round piece of sponge cake topped by a mountain of whipped cream with a cherry at its peak. Your mother buys it for you. On a silent walk under the El in the Rockaways when the trains aren't running, pass the bungalows emptied by fall weather....
Dis/enchantment: Locating Modernity between Secularism and "The Sacred"
Alex Owen's The Place of Enchantment: British Occultism and the Culture of the Modern, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004Jeffrey John Kripal's Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010In...
Editors' Note: Strange Magic
Thrice the brinded cat hath mewedThrice and once the hedge-pig whinedHarpier cries 'Tis time, 'Tis time...Transformation, temporality, and power: these are our concerns here in the Enchantment issue of WSQj But where shall we begin? With the amateurish...
Enchantment
Anything can be a theme if you just repeat ita few times. Enchantment, for example. A friend of minesent me a link to a journal that was putting out a call for a special issueon enchantment. Who wouldn't like to be part ofthat? "SomeEnchanted Evening."...
Enchantment in an Age of Occupy
Occupy Wall Street enchants. It preoccupies one's attention. To occupy is to dwell in something, to inhabit it. I am absorbed by the question of how to inhabit enchantingly this planet one calls home in an age of occupy everything.To enchant, as Jane...
Helen Adam's Occult Reworkings
Within the San Francisco community in which Helen Adam wrote and performed her poetry, her reputation as "a good witch" preceded her (Davidson 1989, 187); it was a reputation that stemmed not only from the supernatural tales she spun in her poems but...
Introduction: The Practice of Enchantment: Strange Allures
Escape is not a ghost, merely a protean trickster. It is a means to experiment and to initiate speculative ways to deal with the immediate and concrete fads which dwell in our worlds, . . . [and] their stubborn persistence.- Dimitris Papadopoulos, Niamh...
Magic versus Neoliberalism: Riots against Everywhere
Philippe Pignarre and Isabelle Stengers's Capitalist Sorcery: Breaking the Spell, translated and edited by Andrew Goffey, New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2011Franco "Bifo" Berardi's After the Future, edited by Gary Genosko and Nicholas Thoburn, translated...
Mana and Mystification: Magic and Religion at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
The modern study of comparative religion emerged as a field of academic inquiry in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as European intellectuals began to analyze the mass of new data about ritual and belief from around the globe arriving...
Melancholic Ghosts in Monique Truong's the Book of Salt
In The Melancholy of Race Anne Anlin Cheng observes that melancholia "alludes not to loss per se but to the entangled relationship with loss" (2001, 8). It is precisely these entanglements with which this essay is concerned. Monique Truong's 2003 bestseller,...
Negotiating Precarity: Tarot as Spiritual Entrepreneurialism
I normally meet Warren on Monday nights, on the seventeenth floor of a nondescript office building in midtown Manhattan, where he and his wife, Rose, teach tarot classes for anywhere between three and ten students every week. Classes cost thirty dollars...
Ode to an Anatomical Venus
"The purpose of anatomical images during the period of the Renaissance to the 19th century had as much to do with what we would call aesthetic and theological understanding as with the narrower interests of medical illustrators as now understood . ....
Of Sensual Matters: On Audre Lorde's "Poetry Is Not a Luxury" and "Uses of the Erotic"
We are very familiar with the philosophical discussion about the relationship between the senses and the intellect. After all, writers such as Spinoza, Hume, Saussure, and Freud acquainted us with the idea that the intellect and the senses are in conversation...
Queering Utopia: Deep Lez and the Future of Hope
Unca Trans sits on a tree stump in the midst of a viridescent Ontario field. Legs crossed, occasionally tugging at his beard, he narrates his return to the land and the agrarian revival of the 2020s. Cloud shadows pass in accelerated time and Unca Trans...
Silent Plasticity: Reenchanting Soviet Stagnation
On December 28, 1972, the speechless pantomime Enchanted Island debuted at the deaf Theater of Mimicry and Gesture in Moscow. Directed by the gay actor and author Evgenii Kharitonov ( 1 94 1-1981) and staged a total of sixty-six times before its closing...
Speculative Realism, Visionary Pragmatism, and Poet-Shamanic Aesthetics in Gloria Anzaldúa-And Beyond
I felt a calling to be an artist, but an artist in the sense of a shaman - of healing through words, using words as a medium for expressing the flights of the soul, communing with the spirit, having access to these other realities or worlds.- Gloria...
The Guy in the Blue Suit
From my office window I saw this guy in a blue suit walk out of one of the dark clouds. He looked like he just got off the elevator and found himself on the wrong floor. Then he disappeared into the sky.It was after I saw this that I figured we all had...
The New Laboratory of Dreams: Role-Playing Games as Resistance
"The virtual world" can be said to encompass a great many things: the Internet as a whole, specific spaces therein, the simulacra of media imagery in general, or video gaming specifically. The emancipatory potential of the whole enterprise has long arrested...
The Wendy House
Such Is the Magic of PowerIf J. M. Barries play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up and its reincarnations as Barrie s Peter and Wendy, Disney's Peter Pan, and Steven Spielberg's Hook have taught us anything, it's that enchantment is never unencumbered....
"Uses of the Erotic" for Teaching Queer Studies
In her classic essay, "Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power," Audre Lorde challenged the Western masculinist characterization of the erotic as an element of human debasement, as well as its use as a tool of oppression. She argued that this framing...
What's the Matter?
Diana Coole and Samantha Frost, New Materialisms: Ontology, Agency, and Politics, Durham: Duke University Press, 2010Catriona Sandilands and Bruce Erickson's Queer Ecologies: Sex, Nature, Politics, Desire, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010Begin,...
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