English Dept's Sheehan Lecture: Lee Edelman, "Against Survival: Queerness in a Time That’s Out of Joint"
Nov 19, 2009
from 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM
|Where||Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library|
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Lee Edelman chairs the English Department at Tufts University where he is the Fletcher Professor of English Literature. A central figure in queer theory, his work brings together Lacanian analysis, rhetorical criticism, and the politics of social and cultural representation. He ignited an ongoing controversy with his most recent book, No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive (Duke University Press, 2004), which initiated what many now call “the anti-social turn” in queer theory.
His current project, a book tentatively titled Bad Education, thinks
about queerness, the negation of value, and the ideology of the
aesthetic. He has written numerous essays on topics including film
studies, modern poetry, psychoanalysis, pornography, and contemporary
art, and he frequently addresses the complicated relations between
critical analysis and political action. In addition to No Future, he is
the author of Transmemberment of Song: Hart Crane’s Anatomies of
Rhetoric and Desire (Stanford University Press, 1987) and
Homographesis: Essays in Gay Literary and Cultural Theory (Routledge,
This event is free and open to students and the public.