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Afro-FabulationsThe Queer Drama of Black Life$
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Tavia Nyong'o

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781479856275

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479856275.001.0001

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Fabulous, Formless

Fabulous, Formless

Queer Theory’s Dark Precursor

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Tavia Nyong'o

NYU Press

This chapter enlists Gilles Deleuze’s theory of the “dark precursor”—the manner in which the past prefigures its future without determining or representing it—to give a different account of the role antinormativity plays in the past, present, and future of queer theory. By reading Samuel R. Delany’s early fictions as a pos-thumanist problematization of norms of race, gender, sexuality, and species being, and by understanding the problematic split between “afrofuturism” and “queer theory” in the 1990s, we regain a sense of how central blackness has been to the genesis of queer theorizing.

Keywords:   Delany, Samuel R, science fiction, afrofuturism, queer theory, The Einstein Intersection (novel), transgender studies, Deleuze, Gilles, antinormativity

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