Open Lecture by Lynne Huffer

Strange Eros

This lecture engages the fraught problem of a sexual ethics by rethinking eros through a queer feminist lens. I argue specifically that to think the present genealogically is to experience the present as a thinking-feeling, archival temporality that both binds and unbinds us in relation to our time. Drawing on Foucault as well as the poet Anne Carson, I reexamine the otherness of historical time through the lens of a strange, untranslatable, ancient eros. Untranslated, eros names that which establishes the limit between us and the Greeks, between modern sexual subjects and what we are not. I ultimately argue that this erotic approach to historical time offers an alternative understanding of modern subjectivity in our post-Freudian, biopolitical age.

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