Engaging Lynne Huffer’s attempts to produce a queer feminist ethics based on Foucault’s notion of desubjectivation, this essay attends to the gap that such an ethics seeks to bridge: the gap between the unlivability that desubjectivation entails and the ethical investigation of how we are to live. It argues that Huffer’s work is driven by the tension between these positions and it identifies the drive itself as the reason that tension remains irresolvable.
An Ethics of Desubjectivation?
lee edelman is the Fletcher Professor of English Literature at Tufts University. He is the author of No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive (Duke University Press, 2004), Homographesis: Essays in Gay Literary and Cultural Theory (Routledge, 1994), Transmemberment of Song: Hart Crane’s Anatomies of Rhetoric and Desire (Stanford University Press, 1987), and, with Lauren Berlant, Sex, or the Unbearable (Duke University Press, 2014). A collection of new and previously published essays, L’impossible homosexuel, appeared in French in 2014 and the French translation of No Future, titled Merde au futur, was published in 2016, both titles with Epel Éditions.