Anti-Apocalypse: Exercises in Genealogical Criticism

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As the year 2000 looms, apocalyptic thought abounds. In politics, science, philosophy, popular culture, and feminist discourse, apprehensions of the End appear in images of cultural decline and urban chaos; forecasts of the end of history and ecological devastation; visions of a New Age of triumphant technology or a gender-free Utopia. There is, the author contends, a threatening "regime of truth" prevailing in the United States; and this regime, with its enforcement of absolute truth and morality, imperils democracy. She offers a powerful critique of the millenarian rhetoric that currently pervades American culture. In doing so, she develops strategies for resisting its tyrannies. Drawing on feminist and Foucauldian theory, Quinby explores the complex relationship between power, truth, ethics, and apocalypse. She exposes the ramifications of this relationship in areas as diverse as jeanswear magazine advertising; the Human Genome project; contemporary feminism and philosophy; texts by Henry Adams and Zora Neale Hurston; and radical democratic activism. By bringing together such a wide range of topics, Quinby shows how apocalypse weaves its way through a vast network of seemingly unrelated discourse and practices. Tracing the deployment of power through systems of alliance, sexuality, and technology, Quinby reveals how these power relationships produce conflicting modes of subjectivity that create possibilities for resistance. She promotes a variety of critical stances: genealogical feminism, an ethics of the flesh, and "pissed criticism", as challenges to apocalyptic claims for absolute truth and universal morality.

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Lee Quinby is a Visiting Professor at Macaulay Honors College. She is the author of Freedom, Foucault, and the Subject of America (1991) and the coeditor (with Irene Diamond) of Feminism and Foucault: Reflections on Resistance (1988). Here publications include articles in the American Historical Review, Criticism, and Signs.

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