After having specified these ontological preliminaries, this paper will show that the genuine subject of feminism is the“many” that is negatively referred to through the “count-as-one” posited by the gendering of “the” woman. Maintaining the openness of this “many” is an interweaving philosophical endeavour. It is also a political task for any theory receptive to the oppressive load proper to the institutions of sexuation, as deployed through modern capitalism–that is, any queer theory. In its second step, the paper will therefore expose the adequacy of the Badiousian ontology to provide theoretical resources for articulating the field of a genuine queer nomination.
The abstract of an article entitled, “Ontology, Neutrality and the Strive for (non-) Being-Queer” in a journal dedicated to the thinking of the philosopher Alain Badiou. The thing is, the author, Benedetta Tripodi, doesn’t exist. It’s a hoax, a parody written by two philosophers, Philippe Huneman and Anouk Barberousse, who are critical of “a certain way of doing philosophy…[Badiou’s] fame and philosophical reputation appear to us illegitimate.”
Gert loves jargon, and she loves hoaxes. This certainly does sound like a load of codswallop. But it’s a pretty pointless way of attacking Badiou. Why not just ignore him ? And what’s the point of parodying him in a journal that’s read by people who do admire him?
Huneman and Barberousse may be in the strange situation of the Australian poets James McAuley and Harold Stewart in the famous Ern Malley hoax of 1943. As an attack on modernist poetry, they sent poems they had deliberately concocted to be nonsensical to the avant garde magazine Angry Penguins under the name Ern Malley. After Angry Penguins devoted an entire issue to Malley and proclaimed him as an undiscovered genius, they revealed the hoax. The situation got even more farcical when the editor of Angry Penguins was hauled up in court for obscenity. Here’s one piece of the evidence:
The symbols were evident,
Though on park-gates
The iron birds looked disapproval
With rusty invidious beaks.
Why would the iron birds in a park at night be looking disapproving unless something obscene was going on? (This was Australia in 1943, remember).
Angry Penguins, and modernist poetry in Australia, suffered from the hoax, but thirty years later Ern Malley was being hailed as a surrealist poet, and his name is now more famous than the names of his two creators. Perhaps the same fate awaits Barberousse and Huneman, McAuley and Stewart to Badiou’s Ern Malley.
Peter Carey’s 2003 novel My Life As A Fake is based on the Ern Malley hoax.You can read Ern Malley’s poetry here: http://www.ernmalley.com/malley_poetry.html