This dialogue overviews the scholarly importance of Kath Weston’s 1995 essay “Get Thee to a Big City: Sexual Imaginary and the Great Gay Migration.” Situating the article within its historical moment and tracing its influence across contemporary queer theory and its subfields, our conversation finds that Weston facilitated new avenues for considering matters of sexual geography, regionalism, and metronormativity for a wide variety of queer subject-positions. Discussing the article’s use of earlier media as it now relates to twenty-first-century technologies, we find that Weston successfully captured geographic potentials and anxieties that continue well into the present day for queers and their diverse spatial coordinations.
The Sexual Imaginarium: A Reappraisal
Karen Tongson is associate professor of English, gender and sexuality studies, and American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California. She is the author of Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries (New York University Press, 2011) and the forthcoming Why Karen Carpenter Matters (ForeEdge). She also has two books in progress: “Empty Orchestra: Karaoke, Queer Performance, Queer Theory” (Duke University Press) and “NORMPORN: Queer TV Spectatorship after the ‘New Normalcy.”’ Postmillennial Pop, the award-winning book series she coedits with Henry Jenkins at NYU Press, has published over fifteen titles. You can also hear Karen talk about pop culture, the arts, and entertainment on the weekly Pop Rocket Podcast, hosted by Guy Branum.
Karen Tongson, Scott Herring; The Sexual Imaginarium: A Reappraisal. GLQ 1 January 2019; 25 (1): 51–56. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10642684-7275292
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