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Queer vampiric desire: Bisexuality on body without organs

Woo, C.W.H. (2005) Queer vampiric desire: Bisexuality on body without organs. IM: Interactive Media, 1 .

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The article ponders on the theoretical quandaries of bisexuality through an exploration of identity and desire that does not attach to Western epistemologies of identity politics or selfhood. The overarching aim is to seek the queerness of bisexuality, which is framed through vampirism. I argue that queerness understood through Deleuze and Guattari’s philosophy of Body without Organs and desiring machines enables the manifestation of bisexual, vampiric desires that are uninhibited by psychoanalytical repression. Transgressive and monstrous representations of vampires construct a discursive site which enables the actualisation of queerness on the Body without Organs. I also argue that vampiric desire should be understood as a lived-possibility. Claiming the radical potential of bisexuality unfastens the bonds of eroticism and sexual desire from the policing of sexual taxonomies that frames a singular or real meaning to sexual affectivities.

Could we ask, about a concept like bisexuality that is gaining new currency, NOT so much ‘What does it really mean?’ or ‘Who owns it and are they good or bad?’, but ‘What does it do?’ – what does it make happen? – what (in the ways that it is being or could be used) does it make easier or harder for people of various kinds to accomplish and think? [my emphasis]
-Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, QSTUDY-L

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: National Academy of Screen and Sound
Copyright: © IM/NASS 2005
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