Queer Optimism: Lyric Personhood and Other Felicitous Persuasions

Queer Optimism: Lyric Personhood and Other Felicitous Persuasions

by Michael D. Snediker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816650004

ISBN-13: 9780816650002

Pub. Date: 12/15/2008

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Michael D. Snediker offers a much-needed counterpoint to queer theoretical discourse, which has long privileged melancholy, self-shattering, incoherence, shame, and the death drive. Recovering the forms of positive affect that queer theory has jettisoned, Snediker insists that optimism must itself be taken beyond conventional tropes of hope and futurity and reimagined…  See more details below

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Michael D. Snediker offers a much-needed counterpoint to queer theoretical discourse, which has long privileged melancholy, self-shattering, incoherence, shame, and the death drive. Recovering the forms of positive affect that queer theory has jettisoned, Snediker insists that optimism must itself be taken beyond conventional tropes of hope and futurity and reimagined as necessary for critical engagement.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816650002
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
12/15/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Queer Optimism: An Introduction 1

1 Hart Crane's Smile: Affirming Certain Things 43

2 Emily Dickinson's Queer Pain: "One Claw Opon the Air" 79

3 Jack Spicer's Billy the Kid: Beyond the Singular Personal 126

4 Elizabeth Bishop's Crane, and the Good-Enough Poem 168

Epilogue: Affirmez la Survie 213

Notes 219

Index 265

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