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  • Quantum Anthropologies
    Author(s): Kirby, Vicki

    In Quantum Anthropologies, the renowned feminist theorist Vicki Kirby contends that some of the most provocative aspects of deconstruction have yet to be explored. Deconstruction’s implications have been curtailed by the assumption that issues of textuality and representation are specific to the domain of culture. Revisiting Derrida’s claim that there is “no outside of text,” Kirby argues that theories of cultural construction developed since the linguistic turn have inadvertently reproduced the very binaries they intended to question, such as those between nature and culture, matter and ideation, and fact and value. Through new readings of Derrida, Husserl, Saussure, Butler, Irigaray, and Merleau-Ponty, Kirby exposes the limitations of theories that regard culture as a second-order system that cannot access—much less be—nature, body, and materiality. She suggests ways of reconceiving language and culture to enable a more materially implicated outcome, one that keeps alive the more counterintuitive and challenging aspects of poststructural criticism. By demonstrating how fields, including cybernetics, biology, forensics, mathematics, and physics, can be conceptualized in deconstructive terms, Kirby fundamentally rethinks deconstruction and its relevance to nature, embodiment, materialism, and science.

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822394440
    Publication Date: 2011-07-20
    author-list-text: Vicki Kirby
    1. Vicki Kirby
    contrib-author: Vicki Kirby
    copyright-year: 2011
    eisbn: 9780822394440
    isbn-cloth: 9780822350552
    isbn-paper: 9780822350736
    publisher-name: Duke University Press

    A leading feminist theorist rethinks deconstruction and its relevance to nature, embodiment, materialism, and science.

    subtitle: Life at Large
  • Queen for a Day
    Author(s): Ochoa, Marcia

    Queen for a Day connects the logic of Venezuelan modernity with the production of a national femininity. In this ethnography, Marcia Ochoa considers how femininities are produced, performed, and consumed in the mass-media spectacles of international beauty pageants, on the runways of the Miss Venezuela contest, on the well-traveled Caracas avenue where transgender women (transformistas) project themselves into the urban imaginary, and on the bodies of both transformistas and beauty pageant contestants (misses). Placing transformistas and misses in the same analytic frame enables Ochoa to delve deeply into complex questions of media and spectacle, gender and sexuality, race and class, and self-fashioning and identity in Venezuela.

    Beauty pageants play an outsized role in Venezuela. The country has won more international beauty contests than any other. The femininity performed by Venezuelan women in high-profile, widely viewed pageants defines a kind of national femininity. Ochoa argues that as transformistas and misses work to achieve the bodies, clothing and makeup styles, and postures and gestures of this national femininity, they come to embody Venezuelan modernity.

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822376996
    Publication Date: 2014-04-28
    author-list-text: Marcia Ochoa
    1. Marcia Ochoa
    contrib-author: Marcia Ochoa
    copyright-year: 2014
    eisbn: 9780822376996
    illustrations-note: 20 photographs, 1 map
    isbn-cloth: 9780822356110
    isbn-paper: 9780822356264
    publisher-name: Duke University Press
    series: Perverse Modernities: A Series Edited by Jack Halberstam and Lisa Lowe
    subtitle: Transformistas, Beauty Queens, and the Performance of Femininity in Venezuela
  • Queequeg’s Coffin
    Author(s): Brander Rasmussen, Birgit

    The encounter between European and native peoples in the Americas is often portrayed as a conflict between literate civilization and illiterate savagery. That perception ignores the many indigenous forms of writing that were not alphabet-based, such as Mayan pictoglyphs, Iroquois wampum, Ojibwe birch-bark scrolls, and Incan quipus. Queequeg's Coffin offers a new definition of writing that comprehends the dazzling diversity of literature in the Americas before and after European arrivals. This groundbreaking study recovers previously overlooked moments of textual reciprocity in the colonial sphere, from a 1645 French-Haudenosaunee Peace Council to Herman Melville's youthful encounters with Polynesian hieroglyphics.

    By recovering the literatures and textual practices that were indigenous to the Americas, Birgit Brander Rasmussen reimagines the colonial conflict as one organized by alternative but equally rich forms of literacy. From central Mexico to the northeastern shores of North America, in the Andes and across the American continents, indigenous peoples and European newcomers engaged each other in dialogues about ways of writing and recording knowledge. In Queequeg's Coffin, such exchanges become the foundation for a new kind of early American literary studies.

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822393832
    Publication Date: 2012-01-06
    author-list-text: Birgit Brander Rasmussen
    1. Birgit Brander Rasmussen
    contrib-author: Birgit Brander Rasmussen
    copyright-year: 2012
    eisbn: 9780822393832
    illustrations-note: 1 map, 10 figures
    isbn-cloth: 9780822349358
    isbn-paper: 9780822349549
    publisher-name: Duke University Press

    Rather than seeing American literature as beginning with the writings of English or Spanish colonists, Brander Rasmussen points to the wide variety of indigenous writing in the Americas prior to colonization. The study looks at writing between 1524 and the mid-19th century work of Herman Melville.

    subtitle: Indigenous Literacies and Early American Literature
  • Queer Activism in India
    Author(s): Dave, Naisargi; Dave, Naisargi N.

    In Queer Activism in India, Naisargi N. Dave examines the formation of lesbian communities in India from the 1980s to the early 2000s. Based on ethnographic research conducted with activist organizations in Delhi, a body of letters written by lesbian women, and research with lesbian communities and queer activist groups across the country, Dave studies the everyday practices that constitute queer activism in India.

    Dave argues that activism is an ethical practice comprising critique, invention, and relational practice. She investigates the relationship between the ethics of activism and the existing social norms and conditions from which activism emerges. Through her analysis of different networks and institutions, Dave documents how activism oscillates between the potential for new social arrangements and the questions that arise once the activists' goals have been achieved. Queer Activism in India addresses a relevant and timely phenomenon and makes an important contribution to the anthropology of queer communities, social movements, affect, and ethics.

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822395683
    Publication Date: 2012-09-15
    author-list-text: Naisargi Dave and Naisargi N. Dave
    1. Naisargi Dave and
    2. Naisargi N. Dave
    contrib-author: Naisargi Dave; Naisargi N. Dave
    copyright-year: 2012
    eisbn: 9780822395683
    illustrations-note: 9 illustrations
    isbn-cloth: 9780822353058
    isbn-paper: 9780822353195
    publisher-name: Duke University Press

    Examining the formation of lesbian communities in India from the 1980s into the early 2000s, Naisragi N. Dave explores the everyday practices that constitute queer activism in India.

    subtitle: A Story in the Anthropology of Ethics
  • Queer Cinema in the World
    Author(s): Schoonover, Karl; Galt, Rosalind

    Proposing a radical vision of cinema's queer globalism, Karl Schoonover and Rosalind Galt explore how queer filmmaking intersects with international sexual cultures, geopolitics, and aesthetics to disrupt dominant modes of world making. Whether in its exploration of queer cinematic temporality, the paradox of the queer popular, or the deviant ecologies of the queer pastoral, Schoonover and Galt reimagine the scope of queer film studies. The authors move beyond the gay art cinema canon to consider a broad range of films from Chinese lesbian drama and Swedish genderqueer documentary to Bangladeshi melodrama and Bolivian activist video. Schoonover and Galt make a case for the centrality of queerness in cinema and trace how queer cinema circulates around the globe–institutionally via film festivals, online consumption, and human rights campaigns, but also affectively in the production of a queer sensorium. In this account, cinema creates a uniquely potent mode of queer worldliness, one that disrupts normative ways of being in the world and forges revised modes of belonging.

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822373674
    Publication Date: 2016-11-18
    author-list-text: Karl Schoonover and Rosalind Galt
    1. Karl Schoonover and
    2. Rosalind Galt
    contrib-author: Karl Schoonover; Rosalind Galt
    copyright-year: 2016
    eisbn: 9780822373674
    illustrations-note: 109 illustrations
    isbn-cloth: 9780822362463
    isbn-paper: 9780822362616
    publisher-name: Duke University Press

    Offering a new theory of queer world cinema, Karl Schoonover and Rosalind Galt explore how it intersects with shifting ideals of global politics and cinema aesthetics to demonstrate its potential to disturb dominant modes of world making and to forge spaces of queer belonging.

  • Queer Iberia
    Author(s): Blackmore, Josiah; Hutcheson, Gregory S.; Barale, Michèle Aina; Goldberg, Jonathan; Moon, Michael; Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky

    Martyred saints, Moors, Jews, viragoes, hermaphrodites, sodomites, kings, queens, and cross-dressers comprise the fascinating mosaic of historical and imaginative figures unearthed in Queer Iberia. The essays in this volume describe and analyze the sexual diversity that proliferated during the period between the tenth and the sixteenth centuries when political hegemony in the region passed from Muslim to Christian hands.

    To show how sexual otherness is most evident at points of cultural conflict, the contributors use a variety of methodologies and perspectives and consider source materials that originated in Castilian, Latin, Arabic, Catalan, and Galician-Portuguese. Covering topics from the martydom of Pelagius to the exploits of the transgendered Catalina de Erauso, this volume is the first to provide a comprehensive historical examination of the relations among race, gender, sexuality, nation-building, colonialism, and imperial expansion in medieval and early modern Iberia. Some essays consider archival evidence of sexual otherness or evaluate the use of “deviance” as a marker for cultural and racial difference, while others explore both male and female homoeroticism as literary-aesthetic discourse or attempt to open up canonical texts to alternative readings.

    Positing a queerness intrinsic to Iberia’s historical process and cultural identity, Queer Iberia will challenge the field of Iberian studies while appealing to scholars of medieval, cultural, Hispanic, gender, and gay and lesbian studies.

    Contributors. Josiah Blackmore, Linde M. Brocato, Catherine Brown, Israel Burshatin, Daniel Eisenberg, E. Michael Gerli, Roberto J. González-Casanovas, Gregory S. Hutcheson, Mark D. Jordan, Sara Lipton, Benjamin Liu, Mary Elizabeth Perry, Michael Solomon, Louise O. Vasvári, Barbara Weissberger

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822382171
    Publication Date: 1999-07-22
    author-list-text: Michèle Aina Barale, Jonathan Goldberg, Michael Moon and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
    1. Michèle Aina Barale,
    2. Jonathan Goldberg,
    3. Michael Moon and
    4. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
    contrib-editor: Josiah Blackmore; Gregory S. Hutcheson
    contrib-series-editor: Michèle Aina Barale; Jonathan Goldberg; Michael Moon; Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
    copyright-year: 1999
    eisbn: 9780822382171
    illustrations-note: 3 illustrations, 1 table
    isbn-cloth: 9780822323266
    isbn-paper: 9780822323495
    publisher-name: Duke University Press
    series: Series Q

    A collection of essays exploring ideologies and discourses that center on sexual otherness in medieval Iberian cultures.

    subtitle: Sexualities, Cultures, and Crossings from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance
  • Queer in Russia
    Author(s): Essig, Laurie

    In Queer in Russia Laurie Essig examines the formation of gay identity and community in the former Soviet Union. As a sociological fieldworker, she began her research during the late 1980s, before any kind of a public queer identity existed in that country. After a decade of conducting interviews, as well as observing and analyzing plays, books, pop music, and graffiti, Essig presents the first sustained study of how and why there was no Soviet gay community or even gay identity before perestroika and the degree to which this situation has—or has not—changed.

    While male homosexual acts were criminalized in Russia before 1993, women attracted to women were policed by the medical community, who saw them less as criminals than as diseased persons potentially cured by drug therapy or transsexual surgery. After describing accounts of pre-perestroika persecution, Essig examines the more recent state of sexual identities in Russia. Although the fall of communism brought new freedom to Russian queers, there are still no signs of a mass movement forming around the issue, and few identify themselves as lesbians or gay men, even when they are involved in same-sex relations. Essig does reveal, however, vibrant manifestations of gay life found at the local level—in restaurants, discos, clubs, and cruising strips, in newspapers, journals, literature, and the theater. Concluding with a powerful exploration of the surprising affinities between some of Russia’s most prominent nationalists and its queers, Queer in Russia fills a gap in both Russian and cultural studies.

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822379522
    Publication Date: 2012-08-01
    author-list-text: Laurie Essig
    1. Laurie Essig
    contrib-author: Laurie Essig
    copyright-year: 1999
    eisbn: 9780822379522
    illustrations-note: 9 b&w photographs
    isbn-cloth: 9780822323129
    isbn-paper: 9780822323464
    publisher-name: Duke University Press
    subtitle: A Story of Sex, Self, and the Other
  • Queer Marxism in Two Chinas
    Author(s): Liu, Petrus

    In Queer Marxism in Two Chinas Petrus Liu rethinks the relationship between Marxism and queer cultures in mainland China and Taiwan. Whereas many scholars assume the emergence of queer cultures in China signals the end of Marxism and demonstrates China's political and economic evolution, Liu finds the opposite to be true. He challenges the persistence of Cold War formulations of Marxism that position it as intellectually incompatible with queer theory, and shows how queer Marxism offers a nonliberal alternative to Western models of queer emancipation. The work of queer Chinese artists and intellectuals not only provides an alternative to liberal ideologies of inclusion and diversity, but demonstrates how different conceptions of and attitudes toward queerness in China and Taiwan stem from geopolitical tensions. With Queer Marxism in Two Chinas Liu offers a revision to current understandings of what queer theory is, does, and can be.


    DOI: 10.1215/9780822375081
    Publication Date: 2015-09-30
    author-list-text: Petrus Liu
    1. Petrus Liu
    contrib-author: Petrus Liu
    copyright-year: 2015
    eisbn: 9780822375081
    illustrations-note: 2 illustrations
    isbn-cloth: 9780822359722
    isbn-paper: 9780822360049
    publisher-name: Duke University Press

    In Queer Marxism in Two Chinas Petrus Liu demonstrates how queer Marxist critics in China use queer theory as a non-liberal alternative to Western models of queer emancipation, and in doing so, he revises current understandings of what queer theory is, does, and can be.

  • Queer Phenomenology
    Author(s): Ahmed, Sara

    In this groundbreaking work, Sara Ahmed demonstrates how queer studies can put phenomenology to productive use. Focusing on the “orientation” aspect of “sexual orientation” and the “orient” in “orientalism,” Ahmed examines what it means for bodies to be situated in space and time. Bodies take shape as they move through the world directing themselves toward or away from objects and others. Being “orientated” means feeling at home, knowing where one stands, or having certain objects within reach. Orientations affect what is proximate to the body or what can be reached. A queer phenomenology, Ahmed contends, reveals how social relations are arranged spatially, how queerness disrupts and reorders these relations by not following the accepted paths, and how a politics of disorientation puts other objects within reach, those that might, at first glance, seem awry.

    Ahmed proposes that a queer phenomenology might investigate not only how the concept of orientation is informed by phenomenology but also the orientation of phenomenology itself. Thus she reflects on the significance of the objects that appear—and those that do not—as signs of orientation in classic phenomenological texts such as Husserl’s Ideas. In developing a queer model of orientations, she combines readings of phenomenological texts—by Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, and Fanon—with insights drawn from queer studies, feminist theory, critical race theory, Marxism, and psychoanalysis. Queer Phenomenology points queer theory in bold new directions.

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822388074
    Publication Date: 2006-11-13
    author-list-text: Sara Ahmed
    1. Sara Ahmed
    contrib-author: Sara Ahmed
    copyright-year: 2006
    eisbn: 9780822388074
    isbn-cloth: 9780822338611
    isbn-paper: 9780822339144
    publisher-name: Duke University Press

    Cultural theorist Sara Ahmed demonstrates how queer studies can put phenomenology to productive use by analyzing what it means for bodies to be "oriented" in space and time.

    subtitle: Orientations, Objects, Others
  • Queer/Early/Modern
    Author(s): Freccero, Carla; Barale, Michèle Aina; Goldberg, Jonathan; Moon, Michael; Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky

    In Queer/Early/Modern, Carla Freccero, a leading scholar of early modern European studies, argues for a reading practice that accounts for the queerness of temporality, for the way past, present, and future time appear out of sequence and in dialogue in our thinking about history and texts. Freccero takes issue with New Historicist accounts of sexual identity that claim to respect historical proprieties and to derive identity categories from the past. She urges us to see how the indeterminacies of subjectivity found in literary texts challenge identitarian constructions and she encourages us to read differently the relation between history and literature. Contending that the term “queer,” in its indeterminacy, points the way toward alternative ethical reading practices that do justice to the aftereffects of the past as they live on in the present, Freccero proposes a model of “fantasmatic historiography” that brings together history and fantasy, past and present, event and affect.

    Combining feminist theory, queer theory, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, and literary criticism, Freccero takes up a series of theoretical and historical issues related to debates in queer theory, feminist theory, the history of sexuality, and early modern studies. She juxtaposes readings of early and late modern texts, discussing the lyric poetry of Petrarch, Louise Labé, and Melissa Ethridge; David Halperin’s take on Michel Foucault via Apuleius’s The Golden Ass and Boccaccio’s Decameron; and France’s domestic partner legislation in connection with Marguerite de Navarre’s Heptameron. Turning to French cleric Jean de Léry’s account, published in 1578, of having witnessed cannibalism and religious rituals in Brazil some twenty years earlier and to the twentieth-century Brandon Teena case, Freccero draws on Jacques Derrida’s concept of spectrality to propose both an ethics and a mode of interpretation that acknowledges and is inspired by the haunting of the present by the past.

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822387169
    Publication Date: 2005-12-26
    author-list-text: Carla Freccero, Michèle Aina Barale, Jonathan Goldberg, Michael Moon and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
    1. Carla Freccero,
    2. Michèle Aina Barale,
    3. Jonathan Goldberg,
    4. Michael Moon and
    5. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
    contrib-author: Carla Freccero
    contrib-series-editor: Michèle Aina Barale; Jonathan Goldberg; Michael Moon; Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
    copyright-year: 2006
    eisbn: 9780822387169
    isbn-cloth: 9780822336785
    isbn-paper: 9780822336907
    publisher-name: Duke University Press
    series: Series Q

    Addresses theoretical and historical issues related to debates in queer theory and in early modern studies by reading early and late modern texts, archival materials, and contemporary popular works.

  • Queering Reproduction
    Author(s): Mamo, Laura

    Originally developed to help heterosexual couples, fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization and sperm donation have provided lesbians with new methods for achieving pregnancy during the past two decades. Queering Reproduction is an important sociological analysis of lesbians’ use of these medical fertility treatments. Drawing on in-depth interviews with lesbians who have been or are seeking to become pregnant, Laura Mamo describes how reproduction has become an intensely medicalized process for lesbians, who are transformed into fertility patients not (or not only) because of their physical conditions but because of their sexual identities. Mamo argues that this medicalization of reproduction has begun to shape queer subjectivities in both productive and troubling ways, destabilizing the assumed link between heterosexuality and parenthood while also reinforcing traditional, heteronormative ideals about motherhood and the imperative to reproduce.

    Mamo provides an overview of a shift within some lesbian communities from low-tech methods of self-insemination to a reliance on outside medical intervention and fertility treatments. Reflecting on the issues facing lesbians who become parents through assisted reproductive technologies, Mamo explores questions about the legal rights of co-parents, concerns about the genetic risks of choosing an anonymous sperm donor, and the ways decisions to become parents affect sexual and political identities. In doing so, she investigates how lesbians navigate the medical system with its requisite range of fertility treatments, diagnostic categories, and treatment trajectories. Combining moving narratives and insightful analysis, Queering Reproduction reveals how medical technology reconfigures social formations, individual subjectivity, and notions of kinship.

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822390220
    Publication Date: 2007-08-13
    author-list-text: Laura Mamo
    1. Laura Mamo
    contrib-author: Laura Mamo
    copyright-year: 2007
    eisbn: 9780822390220
    illustrations-note: 6 illustrations, 5 tables, 1 figure
    isbn-cloth: 9780822340577
    isbn-paper: 9780822340782
    publisher-name: Duke University Press

    Examines the medical, social, and legal dimensions of the use of assisted reproductive technologies by lesbian women.

    subtitle: Achieving Pregnancy in the Age of Technoscience
  • Queering the Color Line
    Author(s): Somerville, Siobhan B.

    Queering the Color Line transforms previous understandings of how homosexuality was “invented” as a category of identity in the United States beginning in the late nineteenth century. Analyzing a range of sources, including sexology texts, early cinema, and African American literature, Siobhan B. Somerville argues that the emerging understanding of homosexuality depended on the context of the black/white “color line,” the dominant system of racial distinction during this period. This book thus critiques and revises tendencies to treat race and sexuality as unrelated categories of analysis, showing instead that race has historically been central to the cultural production of homosexuality.

    At about the same time that the 1896 Supreme Court Plessy v. Ferguson decision hardened the racialized boundary between black and white, prominent trials were drawing the public’s attention to emerging categories of sexual identity. Somerville argues that these concurrent developments were not merely parallel but in fact inextricably interrelated and that the discourses of racial and sexual “deviance” were used to reinforce each other’s terms. She provides original readings of such texts as Havelock Ellis’s late nineteenth-century work on “sexual inversion,” the 1914 film A Florida Enchantment, the novels of Pauline E. Hopkins, James Weldon Johnson’s Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man, and Jean Toomer’s fiction and autobiographical writings, including Cane. Through her analyses of these texts and her archival research, Somerville contributes to the growing body of scholarship that focuses on discovering the intersections of gender, race, and sexuality.

    Queering the Color Line will have broad appeal across disciplines including African American studies, gay and lesbian studies, literary criticism, cultural studies, cinema studies, and gender studies.

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822378761
    Publication Date: 2012-10-01
    author-list-text: Siobhan B. Somerville
    1. Siobhan B. Somerville
    contrib-author: Siobhan B. Somerville
    copyright-year: 2000
    eisbn: 9780822378761
    illustrations-note: 6 illustrations
    isbn-cloth: 9780822324072
    isbn-paper: 9780822324430
    publisher-name: Duke University Press
    series: Series Q
    subtitle: Race and the Invention of Homosexuality in American Culture
  • Queering the Public Sphere in Mexico and Brazil
    Author(s): de la Dehesa, Rafael

    Queering the Public Sphere in Mexico and Brazil is a groundbreaking comparative analysis of the historical development and contemporary dynamics of LGBT activism in Latin America’s two largest democracies. Rafael de la Dehesa focuses on the ways that LGBT activists have engaged with the state, particularly in alliance with political parties and through government health agencies in the wake of the AIDS crisis. He examines this engagement against the backdrop of the broader political transitions to democracy, the neoliberal transformation of state–civil society relations, and the gradual consolidation of sexual rights at the international level. His comparison highlights similarities between sexual rights movements in Mexico and Brazil, including a convergence on legislative priorities such as antidiscrimination laws and the legal recognition of same-sex couples. At the same time, de la Dehesa points to notable differences in the tactics deployed by activists and the coalitions brought to bear on the state.

    De la Dehesa studied the archives of activists, social-movement organizations, political parties, religious institutions, legislatures, and state agencies, and he interviewed hundreds of individuals, not only LGBT activists, but also feminists, AIDS and human-rights activists, party militants, journalists, academics, and state officials. He marshals his prodigious research to reveal the interplay between evolving representative institutions and LGBT activists’ entry into the political public sphere in Latin America, offering a critical analysis of the possibilities opened by emerging democratic arrangements, as well as their limitations. At the same time, exploring activists’ engagement with the international arena, he offers new insights into the diffusion and expression of transnational norms inscribing sexual rights within a broader project of liberal modernity. Queering the Public Sphere in Mexico and Brazil is a landmark examination of LGBT political mobilization.

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822392743
    Publication Date: 2010-04-30
    contrib-author: Rafael de la Dehesa
    copyright-year: 2010
    eisbn: 9780822392743
    illustrations-note: 7 tables, 1 figure
    isbn-cloth: 9780822347071
    isbn-paper: 9780822347248
    publisher-name: Duke University Press

    A groundbreaking comparative analysis of the historical development and contemporary dynamics of LGBT activism in Mexico and Brazil.

    subtitle: Sexual Rights Movements in Emerging Democracies
  • Queering the Renaissance
    Author(s): Goldberg, Jonathan; Barale, Michèle Aina; Moon, Michael; Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky

    Queering the Renaissance offers a major reassessment of the field of Renaissance studies. Gathering essays by sixteen critics working within the perspective of gay and lesbian studies, this collection redraws the map of sexuality and gender studies in the Renaissance. Taken together, these essays move beyond limiting notions of identity politics by locating historically forms of same-sex desire that are not organized in terms of modern definitions of homosexual and heterosexual.

    The presence of contemporary history can be felt throughout the volume, beginning with an investigation of the uses of Renaissance precedents in the 1986 U.S. Supreme Court decision Bowers v. Hardwick, to a piece on the foundations of 'our' national imaginary, and an afterword that addresses how identity politics has shaped the work of early modern historians. The volume examines canonical and noncanonical texts, including highly coded poems of the fifteenth-century Italian poet Burchiello, a tale from Marguerite de Navarre's Heptameron, and Erasmus's letters to a young male acolyte. English texts provide a central focus, including works by Spenser, Shakespeare, Bacon, Donne, Beaumont and Fletcher, Crashaw, and Dryden. Broad suveys of the complex terrains of friendship and sodomy are explored in one essay, while another offers a cross-cultural reading of the discursive sites of lesbian desire.

    Contributors. Alan Bray, Marcie Frank, Carla Freccero, Jonathan Goldberg, Janet Halley, Graham Hammill, Margaret Hunt, Donald N. Mager, Jeff Masten, Elizabeth Pittenger, Richard Rambuss, Alan K. Smith, Dorothy Stephens, Forrest Tyler Stevens, Valerie Traub, Michael Warner

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822382607
    Publication Date: 1993-12-13
    author-list-text: Michèle Aina Barale, Michael Moon and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
    1. Michèle Aina Barale,
    2. Michael Moon and
    3. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
    contrib-editor: Jonathan Goldberg
    contrib-series-editor: Michèle Aina Barale; Michael Moon; Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
    copyright-year: 1994
    eisbn: 9780822382607
    isbn-cloth: 9780822313816
    isbn-paper: 9780822313854
    publisher-name: Duke University Press
    series: Series Q
  • Questions of Travel
    Author(s): Kaplan, Caren; Fish, Stanley; Jameson, Fredric

    Contemporary theory is replete with metaphors of travel—displacement, diaspora, borders, exile, migration, nomadism, homelessness, and tourism to name a few. In Questions of Travel, Caren Kaplan explores the various metaphoric uses of travel and displacement in literary and feminist theory, traces the political implications of this “traveling theory,” and shows how various discourses of displacement link, rather than separate, modernism and postmodernism.

    Addressing a wide range of writers, including Paul Fussell, Edward Said, James Clifford, Gilles Deleuze, Jean Baudrillard, Gayatri Spivak, Edward Soja, Doreen Massey, Chandra Mohanty, and Adrienne Rich, Kaplan demonstrates that symbols and metaphors of travel are used in ways that obscure key differences of power between nationalities, classes, races, and genders. Neither rejecting nor dismissing the powerful testimony of individual experiences of modern exile or displacement, Kaplan asks how mystified metaphors of travel might be avoided. With a focus on theory’s colonial discourses, she reveals how these metaphors continue to operate in the seemingly liberatory critical zones of poststructuralism and feminist theory. The book concludes with a critique of the politics of location as a form of essentialist identity politics and calls for new feminist geographies of place and displacement.

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822382041
    Publication Date: 1996-08-21
    author-list-text: Caren Kaplan, Stanley Fish and Fredric Jameson
    1. Caren Kaplan,
    2. Stanley Fish and
    3. Fredric Jameson
    contrib-author: Caren Kaplan
    contrib-series-editor: Stanley Fish; Fredric Jameson
    copyright-year: 1996
    eisbn: 9780822382041
    isbn-cloth: 9780822318286
    isbn-paper: 9780822318217
    publisher-name: Duke University Press
    series: Post-Contemporary Interventions
    subtitle: Postmodern Discourses of Displacement

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