The Domain-Matrix

The Domain-Matrix

Performing Lesbian at the End of Print Culture
Sue-Ellen Case
Distribution: World
Publication date: 2/1/1997
Format: paper 272 pages, 4 b&w photos, 1 figures
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-21094-4
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“This book demonstrates Case’s continued dominance of the field of lesbian performance studies. . . . Case’s dense, rich, and complex work very likely will be a central text for anyone interested in debating the changing theoretical landscape for performance studies and queer theory. All readers interested in what the future might hold for scholarship in the humanities should study Case’s thought-provoking work, which is an essential addition to any college or university’s collection.” —Choice

“. . . this is a book that is enormously provocative, that will make you think and feel connected with the latest speculation on the implications of the electronic age we inhabit.” —Lesbian Review of Books

“. . . definitely required reading for any future-thinking lesbian.” —Lambda Book Report

The Domain-Matrix is about the passage from print culture to electronic screen culture and how this passage affects the reader or computer user. Sections are organized to emulate, in a printed book, the reader’s experience of computer windows. Case traces the portrait of virtual identities within queer and lesbian critical practice and virtual technologies.

Author Bio

SUE-ELLEN CASE is Professor of English at the University of California–Riverside and past editor of Theatre Journal. Among her publications are the pioneering book Feminism and Theater and the ground-breaking article "Towards a Butch-Femme Aesthetic."

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Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

THE DOMAIN-MATRIX: CRUISING SURFING THE MATRIX

I. Re-Charging Essentialism
A. Queer Performativity
B. Burying the Live Body
C. Performing Reading
D. The End of Print Culture

II. Toward a Politics of Space
A. Semio-Space
B. Cyberspace
C. Getting the Point
D. Voudou
E. Lesbian, Siamesian Space Cadets

III. First Contact: Murderous Heavenly Creatures
A. Matricide Engenders Nation
B. Rope-ing in the Virtual
C. Swoon-ing into Cyberspace
D. The Prison of Print’s Return

IV. The Computer Cometh
A. A Revision of the Gaze
B. Out of Focus
C. Blanking Out
D. Playing the Cyberstreet: Hamlet Reversed
E. Turbo-Lesbo
F. The Hot Rod Bodies of Cybersex
G. Driving My Mouse
H. Tripping into Cyber-Revolution

V. Body as Flesh Zone
A. The Body Acts
B. The Transsexual Body
C. Screenic Interrupt
D. The Romance of the Knife
E. Performing the Cut: Orlan and Kate Bornstein
F. Screen/Skin/Utopia: The Lesbian Society

CASE STUDIES: PERFORMANCE AND THE SCREEN

BRINGING HOME THE MEAT: MATERIALIST SPATIAL DESIGNS OF NATION AND STAGE

LOS ANGELES: A TOPOGRAPHY OF SCREENIC PROPERTIES

THE BOTTOM

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