Querying Consent examines the ways in which the concept of consent is used to map and regulate sexual desire, gender relationships, global positions, technological interfaces, relationships of production and consumption, and literary and artistic interactions. From philosophy to literature, psychoanalysis to the art world, the contributors to Querying Consent address the most uncomfortable questions about consent today. Grounded in theoretical explorations of the entanglement of consent and subjectivity across a range of textual, visual, multi- and digital media, Querying Consent considers the relationships between consent and agency before moving on to trace the concept’s outcomes through a range of investigations of the mutual implication of personhood and self-ownership.
About the Author
JORDANA GREENBLATT teaches English at York University and writing at the University of Toronto in Canada.
KEJA VALENS is a professor of English at Salem State University in Massachusetts. She is the author of Desire between Women in Caribbean Literature.
“Querying Consent gathers contributions that represent a diversity of perspectives on the multi-faceted issue of consent. The collection combines updated discussions on classical controversies with cutting edge and thought-provoking new questions altogether to a timely, much needed intervention and interrogation into the field of study on consent. An intriguing anthology that challenges the reader to think further and into new directions.”
— Robin Bauer
“A welcome interdisciplinary dialogue on the limits, exclusions, and paradoxes of consent, this volume poses delightfully challenging questions in a range of idioms and contexts. What does consenting to consent as an elementary relational paradigm prevent us from doing, seeing, knowing? Querying Consent could not be more timely.”
— Tim Dean
"The essays collected in Querying Consent variously call attention to situations in which what might seem to be consent could in fact be construed to as something closer to coercion--not just in sexual interactions, but in everything from software user agreements to the fine print in authorization forms for medical treatment."
— Harper's Magazine