Undoing Monogamy: Queer Feminist Science With Angie Willey

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In Undoing Monogamy Angela Willey offers a radically interdisciplinary exploration of the concept of monogamy in U.S. science and culture, propelled by queer feminist desires for new modes of conceptualization and new forms of belonging. She approaches the politics and materiality of monogamy as intertwined with one another such that disciplinary ways of knowing themselves become an object of critical inquiry. Refusing to answer the naturalization of monogamy with a naturalization of nonmonogamy, Willey demands a critical reorientation toward the monogamy question in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The book examines colonial sexual science, monogamous voles, polyamory, and the work of Alison Bechdel and Audre Lorde to show how challenging the lens through which human nature is seen as monogamous or nonmonogamous forces us to reconsider our investments in coupling and in disciplinary notions of biological bodies.

Angie Willey is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She teaches and researches at the intersections of queer feminist theory, feminist science studies, and sexuality studies. Her work has appeared (or will soon) in Feminist Studies, Signs, Journal of Gender Studies, Archives of Sexual Behavior, and Sexualities, and in volumes on monogamy, the science of difference, the global history of sexual science, and new materialism. She is author of Undoing Monogamy: The Politics of Science and the Possibilities of Biology (Duke University Press 2016).
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