(Ir)rational Actors and the Politics of Unseeing

Moore, Marshall ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0638-0828 (2018) (Ir)rational Actors and the Politics of Unseeing. Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History, 46 (2). pp. 293-298. ISSN 08842043

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Abstract / Summary

China Mieville's novel The City & the City offers a vision of two overlapping, interpenetrating city-states: Ul Qoma and Besźel. Residents of one city are, by law, unable to see or interact with people in the other - even if they are physically next to each other but on the opposite side of the border. The experience presented in this book mimics the experience of being a gay man in the 1980s and 1990s, the worst of the AIDS years, when to be queer was to be seen and unseen at the same time. I argue that it is better to resist power structures that rest upon the politics of unseeing.

Item Type: Article
ISSN: 08842043
Subjects: Writing & Journalism > Creative Writing
Writing & Journalism > Literature > English Literature
Courses by Department: The School of Writing & Journalism > English & Writing
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Depositing User: Marshall Moore
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2020 10:27
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2022 16:22
URI: https://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/4015


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