Brown, Lyndsay: "Yorick, Don’t Be A Hero. Productive Motion in Y: The Last Man." In: ImageTexT 3.1 (2006)(<http://www.english.ufl. ... xt/archives/v3_1/brown/>).
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Keywords: "Y: The Last Man", Canada, Ethics, Gender, Guerra. Pia, Science Fiction, USA, Vaughan. Brian K.
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Y: The Last Man, a planned sixty issue series from DC’s Vertigo imprint by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, presents a unique opportunity to trace the possibilities for engagement with traumatic situations in specific spaces and times. In particular, the volumes “Girl on Girl” and “Safeword” illustrate the opposition of queerness and heteronormativity, a binary that, in normative political discourse, often relies on its own binaries of local/global and private/public in order to distinguish positive from negative. In this essay, after looking at many seemingly-obvious but ultimately unproductive readings, I reject the simple oppositional dynamic between these forces, in a way that parallels Lauren Berlant’s call for more analysis of “modes of subjectivity that are disorganized, or noncoherent, or negative” (Berlant, “Critical Inquiry, Affirmative Culture” 449). Finally, I move beyond merely valorizing the appropriate political position to a more flexible and dynamic figuring of productive action, which allows individuals to articulate a self capable of intervention into complex stagings of conflict.
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