Queering Space : Heterotopic Life in Derek Jarman's Garden

Item Type Journal paper

Understanding the study of sexual spaces as heterotopological, this article argues that, in the context of sexual minorities, new forms of sexual identity that contest the dominant forms are generated and practiced in specific, 'other', spaces and timings, so-called 'heterotopias'. To develop and illustrate this argument, the garden and gardening practices of Derek Jarman are described and analysed as a heterotopic space and practice. To theoretically establish the relationship between sexual difference and (other) space, the notion of heterotopia is connected to the concept of the care of the self that is simultaneously understood as an existential, aesthetic and political activity of (creating) difference. Stressing the dimension of resistance, the care of the self is interpreted as a queer practice that turns a spatial politics of (sexual) difference into one of queering spaces.

Authors Steyaert, Chris
Journal or Publication Title Gender, Work & Organization
Language English
Keywords heterotopia, care of the self, resistance, queerness, Derek Jarman
Subjects other research area
HSG Classification not classified
Refereed Yes
Date 1 January 2010
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of Publication Oxford
Volume 17
Number 1
Page Range 45-68
Number of Pages 24
ISSN 0968-6673
ISSN-Digital 1468-0432
Publisher DOI 10.1111/j.1468-0432.2008.00404.x
Depositing User Prof. PhD Chris Steyaert
Date Deposited 16 Dec 2008 09:18
Last Modified 23 Aug 2016 11:05
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/49947


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Steyaert, Chris (2010) Queering Space : Heterotopic Life in Derek Jarman's Garden. Gender, Work & Organization, 17 (1). 45-68. ISSN 0968-6673


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