Desperate Housekeeping from Crusoe to Queer Eye
Defines and illustrates the concept of “shelter writing”: a mode of slow, step-by-step description, cherishing the actions of homemaking in the aftermath of domestic dislocation. Offers the paradigmatic example of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (1719), focuses on Leslie Feinberg’s Stone Butch Blues (1993), and closes by touching on the reality TV show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Establishes the logic of hyper-investment in homemaking as compensation for domestic deprivation or difficulty. Calls on Gaston Bachelard’s The Poetics of Space for his notion of the “felicitous house,” while also placing more emphasis than Bachelard on the reality of domestic labor.
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