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Time Binds: Queer Temporalities, Queer Histories

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Time Binds is a powerful argument that temporal and sexual dissonance are intertwined, and that the writing of history can be both embodied and erotic. Challenging queer theory’s recent emphasis on loss and trauma, Elizabeth Freeman foregrounds bodily pleasure in the experience and representation of time as she interprets an eclectic archive of queer literature, film, ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 29th 2010 by Duke University Press Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Eric
May 13, 2011 rated it liked it
One of the few critics to give Isaac Julien's "The Attendant" a good critical consideration. Also, a necessary addition to our thinking about alternate temporalities and queerness.
ND
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
interesting, but hard to understand, like most queer theory. She should learn how to write about film, since she seems intent on analyzing film and video, but she has not bothered to learn the terminology, which makes her seem a little dense, not to mention pretentious. Even first-year film students know the difference between a splice and an edit.
Rebecca Thacker
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant!
Matt Sautman
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Elizabeth Freeman's work on queer temporality is incredibly fascinating regarding how different histories become embodied through certain acts and fashion, and also how chrononormativity produces straight temporalities that seek to bind queer histories. My chief complaint with the book is that I feel like the bulk of its deep ideas come out in the introduction and preface, making it so a person may not necessarily need to read the rest in order to have a decent understanding of the book's ...more
Mandy
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Freeman is totally my academic crush.

Aaaand I've finally finished this (prompted by a course) - it's excellent. One of the best, perhaps the best, book I've read on queer temporalities. Her elegant, but also frequently humorous and playful prose, often streamlines (in a good way) the theoretical rigor of her work, making it accessible and very portable. Her concept of "temporal drag" is particularly generative, as is the somewhat more unwieldy "erotohistoriography." I don't expect to
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Irene Wang
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Time Binds is a powerful argument that temporal and sexual dissonance are intertwined, and that the writing of history can be both embodied and erotic. Challenging queer theory’s recent emphasis on loss and trauma, Elizabeth Freeman foregrounds bodily pleasure in the experience and representation of time as she interprets an eclectic archive of queer literature, film, video, and art.
Tomo
Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
an interesting intervention in the notion of queer temporality, but it wasn't really a fun read for me. she spends a few dozen pages analyzing a little-known lesbian film, which made me fall asleep...
Michael Parker
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
A wonderful snapshot of how time works for the queer subject.
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