By Angela Jones
This anthology is a symposium on queer area and queer utopias. during the presentation of empirical paintings through modern queer theorists this booklet goals to create a serious discussion in regards to the emergence of queer areas and the ways that they target to additional queer futurity.
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We did it. How about that—fucking guards, fucking camp, we did it. Max. Don’t shout. T HE P L AY WIT HIN T HE F IL M 43 Horst. K. But I’m shouting inside. We did it. They’re not going to kill us. We made love. We were real. We were human. We made love. 78 They were as “real” as Noam and Ashraf are in Tel Aviv. Horst makes clear that his survival hinges on the gay sex act. Further, in both the play and the film, gay sex is represented as transcendental and utopic. Horst seems to suggest that even if he and Max are killed in Dachau, their act of resistance is eternal as it will survive metaphysically.
Yael Feiler, “A Manifesto for an Israeli She Monster,” in Staging International Feminisms, ed. Elaine Aston and Sue-Ellen Case (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), 205. 37. Hochberg, In Spite of Partition, 7. 38. Lee Edelman, No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive (Durham: Duke University Press, 2004), 11. 39. , 5. 40. Kuntsman, “The Soldier and the Terrorist,” 162. 41. Jonathan C. Friedman, Rainbow Jews: Jewish and Gay Identity in the Performing Arts (Lanham: Lexington, 2007), 177. 42. Personal interview with Gal Uchovsky in Tel Aviv, September 2008.
16 Edelman’s polemic validates queerness as a rejection of naturalized heterosocial reproduction. In the film’s first scene, the battlefield is a cruisy place where failed fertility is linked with queerness. ” The scene progresses as the Palestinian mother cries in horror. Smeared with blood on his forehead, Noam looks at Ashraf longingly before walking solo into the landscape. As the cued soundtrack surfaces, the men’s encounter sets in motion the narrative of forbidden love, utopic in its fantastical depiction of erotic desire between men from two separatist camps.