Jeremy De Chavez
Office: Mackintosh-Corry D509
Office Hours: Tuesday, 2:00–4:00
Psychoanalytic theory, postcolonial theory/literature, post-Marxism, Asian cinema.
- “Queer Politics and Truth: Alain Badiou, Universality, and the Limits of Queer Theory,” Kritika Kultura (under review).
- “Brown Man’s Burden: American Colonial Masculinity and the Problems of Resistance in Maximo Kalaw’s The Filipino Rebel,” Philippine Studies: Have we Gone beyond St. Louis? ed. Priscelina Patajo-Legasto (University of the Philippines Press, 2009).
I research primarily in the area of contemporary critical theory, and my work explores a broad historical, cultural, and theoretical terrain that aims to establish productive connections among the disciplines of Literary Studies, Psychoanalytic Theory, Masculinity Studies, and Queer Theory. My dissertation, which I am currently revising for publication, explores the political possibilities of love. I engage with various philosophers, artists, psychoanalysts, and also cultural forms both high and low with the aim to resuscitate the radical potential of love that has been gentrified by pathetic sentimentality and obscured by the fashionable cynicism of our time. It is my conviction that before we think about emancipating the oppressed subject we must first emancipate thought itself. Contrary to the anti-philosophical position that love entails abandoning thinking, I argue rather that it creates the very condition that makes truly transformative thinking possible.
Currently, I am working on a paper entitled “Quietude and Two: Understanding the Amorous Event,” which I am co-authoring with Robert Cormier, a graduate student from the Centre of Theory and Criticism in the University of Western Ontario. Also, I am working on a book prospectus based on my dissertation with the rigorously caring support of Prof. Asha Varadharajan.
I am also patiently learning to endure waiting, and I spend my time waiting for the intervention of a Truth-Event that will usher in a system-shattering r/evolution. I usually wait in the gym, in front of the TV, by ping pong tables, and at various bus stops and train stations.