"Playing the Lavender Card: Price of Salt and the Queer Frontiers of Neolib...
"Playing the Lavender Card: Price of Salt and the Queer Frontiers of Neoliberalism"
This lecture includes performative elements.
In 2009, “Queer Kids Say No Marriage” issued a statement: “It’s hard for us to believe what we’re hearing these days. Thousands are losing their homes, and gays want a day named after Harvey Milk […] Americans are suffering and dying because they can’t get decent health care and gays want weddings. What happened to us?” This lecture suggests that Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel Price of Salt provides an answer by narrating how a politics of queer respectability emerged alongside the Cold War programs of urban renewal and suburbanization. Taking last year's release of the film version, Carol, as an opportunity to revisit this Cold War classic, this lecture will consider the important role this book has played in shaping both queer and neoliberal politics, and the relationship between the two, in the present.
Dr. Myka Tucker-Abramson is a Lecturer in Contemporary Literature, Culture & Theory at King's College London.