Queer Optimism: Lyric Personhood and Other Felicitous Persuasions

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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.
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"Mobilizing disparate resources in lyric poetry, personal reflection, and queer theory, Michael Snediker argues for an optimism not reducible to hope and not opposed to knowledge. Queer Optimism demands that we think again about enjoyment, pain, personhood, and whether and how we live our theories. It’s a challenging book of fresh perspectives and previously unwritable sentences." —Rei Terada, author of Looking Away:Phenomenality and Dissatisfaction, Kant to Adorno

"Queer Optimism is a major—potentially paradigm-shifting—work in queer theory. I cannot remember the last time I learned so much from reading a work of literary criticism." —Tim Dean, Director of the Humanities Institute, University at Buffalo (SUNY)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816650002
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,365,883
  • 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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