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Dinshaw, C. (2015). Response Time: Linear, Nonlinear, Queer. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 16(1):40-43.
  

(2015). Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 16(1):40-43

Response Time: Linear, Nonlinear, Queer

Carolyn Dinshaw, Ph.D.

The asynchronous temporalities Gentile analyzes in her chillingly compelling article are deeply troubling to anyone concerned with gender and racial justice in the United States today. Dinshaw raises questions for further discussion that concern temporality in psychoanalytic theories of the subject and the psychically disenabling nature of temporal linearity and unidirectionality, citing queer theorist Tim Dean’s (2011) work on HIV/AIDS and temporal anxiety. She ends with a medieval narrative that offers an alternative vision that does not fetishize the fetus at the expense of the mother, as do Gentile’s disturbing examples, but rather sees the pregnant body as a site of creative asynchronicity and meaning making.

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