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- DescriptionLiterary texts that address tradition and the transmission of kwledge often seem concerned less with preservation than with loss, recurrently describing scenarios of what author Kevin Ohi terms thwarted transmission. Such scenes, however, do t so much concede the impossibility of survival as look into what constitutes literary kwledge and whether it can properly be said to be an object to be transmitted, preserved, or lost.Beginning with general questions of transmission the conveying of kwledge in pedagogy, the transmission and material preservation of texts and forms of kwledge, and even the impalpable communication between text and reader Dead Letters Sent examines two senses of queer transmission. First, it studies the transmission of a mirity sexual culture, of queer ways of life and the specialized kwledges they foster. Second, it examines the queer potential of literary and cultural transmission, the queerness that is sheltered within tradition itself. By exploring how these two senses are intertwined, it builds a persuasive argument for the relevance of queer criticism to literary study. Its detailed attention to works by Plato, Shakespeare, Swinburne, Pater, Wilde, James, and Faulkner seeks to formulate a practice of reading adequate to the queerness Ohi s book uncovers within the literary tradition.Ohi identifies a radical new future for both queer theory and close reading: the possibility that each might exceed itself in merging with the other, creating a queer theory of literary tradition immanent in an immersed practice of reading.
- Author BiographyKevin Ohi is professor of English at Boston College and the author of Innocence and Rapture: The Erotic Child in Pater, Wilde, James, and Nabokov and Henry James and the Queerness of Style (Minnesota, 2011).
- Author(s)Kevin Ohi
- PublisherUniversity of Minnesota Press
- Date of Publication01/06/2015
- SubjectLiterary Theory
- Place of PublicationMinnesota
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Minnesota Press
- Weight567 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine28 mm
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