Film and media theory; global art cinema (with a focus on French and francophone); gender and sexuality studies; cultural studies; contemporary media; critical theory.
Professor Young’s current book project, â€śMaking Sex Public,â€ť offers a â€śhistory of the presentâ€ť that explores how womenâ€™s sexuality and queer sexualities became intensified sites of cultural contestation, aspiration and allegory in France and the U.S. during and after the 1960s. Cinema, making sex more â€śpublicâ€ť in this period, both registered and refashioned the tensions that have defined the place of sexuality in modern Western culture, with women and queers emerging as avatars for new ways of imagining sexual â€śdemocracy,â€ť as well as figures of dystopian fantasy about the collapse of the social order.
He is co-editor ofÂ The Cultural Logic of Contemporary Capitalism, a special issue of the journalÂ Social Text.
Recent publications include:
â€śVisage/Con: Catherine Breillat and the Antinomies of Sex,â€ť Qui Parle 24.2 (Spring/Summer 2016)
â€śFor A Political Critique of Culture,â€ť with N. Baumbach and G. Yue, Social Text 127; 34.2 (June 2016)
â€śRevisiting Postmodernism: An Interview with Fredric Jameson,â€ť with N. Baumbach and G. Yue, Social Text 127; 34.2 (June 2016)
â€śThe Vicarious Look, or Andy Warholâ€™s Apparatus Theory,â€ťÂ Film CriticismÂ 39.2 (Winter 2015)
Jean-Luc Nancy, â€śOde to JosĂ© Esteban MuĂ±oz,â€ť Social Text 121; 32.4 (Winter 2014)