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Objects in Human Drag: The Queerness of Object-Oriented Ontologies

Connell, Katherine N. (2016) Objects in Human Drag: The Queerness of Object-Oriented Ontologies. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Connell, Katherine N.
Abstract:

This thesis explores the intersections between queer theory and object- oriented ontologies (OOOs) through examining three case studies of objects in human drag: (1) hats, purses and shoes; (2) mannequins; and (3) dildos. I argue that queer theory and OOOs are necessarily connected in that both offer philosophical strategies of resistance to hegemonic structures imposed by binary gender categories, compulsory heterosexuality and compulsory anthropocentrism. By applying Judith Butler’s theories of drag to the objects of my case studies, I look at how, similar to the means through which drag performances destabilize a heterosexual claim to originality, these objects undermine the anthropocentric ‘claim to originality’ that OOOs also aim to subvert. The conclusion of the thesis asserts that drag opens up an unstable and uncanny ontological wake, through which all objects are revealed as radically queer.

Date: 11 May 2016
Uncontrolled Keywords: queer theory, queer, objects, object-oriented ontologies, drag, mannequins, post-human, dildos, psychoanalysis, Judith Butler, Speculative Realism.
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories
Date Deposited: 11 May 2016 16:53
Last Modified: 11 May 2017 06:40
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/777

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