Three Women. A Kiss. A Life. On the Queer Writing of Time in Organization

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract

In this paper, a queer approach to feminine writing is related to the development of new female subject positions through conceiving of other understandings of time. To conceptualize this relationship, the novel The Hours by Michael Cunningham is analysed and interpreted as a queer story of how women - writing, reading and enacting a novel - acquire an opening to a life that breaks with the heteronormative conception of time. This one-day novel that interweaves the lives
of three women in a multiple assemblage offers the ‘formula' of the triptych, which can be considered a primary form of life as multiplicity. Interconnecting the writings of Virginia Woolf, Michael Cunningham, and Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, the cartographic analysis zooms in on three aspects of time by addressing respectively the motifs of the party, the kiss and the day: time as pause, time as exquisite moment and time as affect. By re-establishing the relationship between writing, time and the becoming-woman of life, the paper aims to indicate that queer writing can help to re-imagine new possibilities for (work) life.

Authors Steyaert, Chris
Journal or Publication Title Gender, Work and Organization. Special Issue: Feminine Writing of Organizations
Language English
Keywords time, feminine writing, Virginia Woolf, multiplicity, haecceity, triptych, queer theory, kiss, cartography
Subjects other research area
Institute/School OPSY - Research Institute for Organizational Psychology
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date 3 February 2015
Publisher Blackwell
Place of Publication Oxford
Volume 22
Number 2
Page Range 163-178
Number of Pages 16
ISSN 0968-6673
ISSN-Digital 1468-0432
Publisher DOI 10.1111/gwao.12075
Depositing User Prof. PhD Chris Steyaert
Date Deposited 06 Feb 2015 09:23
Last Modified 23 Aug 2016 11:21
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/239026

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Steyaert, Chris (2015) Three Women. A Kiss. A Life. On the Queer Writing of Time in Organization. Gender, Work and Organization. Special Issue: Feminine Writing of Organizations, 22 (2). 163-178. ISSN 0968-6673

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