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Overview

Queer Natures, Queer Mythologies collects in two parts the scholarly work—both published and unpublished—that Sam See had completed as of his death in 2013.

In Part I, in a thorough reading of Darwin, See argues that nature is constantly and aimlessly variable, and that nature itself might be considered queer. In Part II, See proposes that, understood as queer in this way, nature might be made the foundational myth for the building of queer communities.

With essays by Scott Herring, Heather Love, and Wendy Moffat.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823286997
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 381,476
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sam See (Author)
Sam See was a scholar of Modernist literature and sexuality studies and Assistant Professor of English at Yale University.

Christopher Looby (Edited By)
Christopher Looby is Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Michael North (Edited By)
Michael North is Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Introduction | 1

Part I: Queer Natures

Charles Darwin, Queer Theorist | 11

The Comedy of Nature: Darwinian Feminism in Virginia Woolf’s Between the Acts | 50

Art for Science’s Sake: Wilde in Whitman’s Wilderness | 90

Exfoliating Modernist Realism: Carpenter,
Darwin, and Forster | 97

“Spectacles in Color”: The Primitive Drag of Langston Hughes | 106

Epilogue: The Myth of Nature | 134

Part II: Queer Mythologies

Fast Books Read Slow: The Shapes of Speed in Manhattan Transfer and The Sun Also Rises | 159

Making Modernism New: Queer Mythology in The Young and Evil | 194

American Failurism: Hart Crane’s The Bridge and Kenneth
Burke’s Paradox of Purity | 229

The Cruelty of Breeding: Queer Time in The Waste Land | 258

Essays

The Ancients and the Queer Moderns
Scott Herring | 271

Contrary / Sexual / Feeling
Heather Love | 288

Late Sam See
Wendy Moffat | 300

Acknowledgments | 309

List of Contributors | 311

Index | 313

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