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Dead Letters Sent: Queer Literary Transmission

Kevin Ohi

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816694778
eISBN:
9781452950754
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816694778.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Literary texts that address tradition and the transmission of knowledge often seem concerned less with preservation than with loss, recurrently describing scenarios of what author Kevin Ohi terms ... More


Introduction

Kevin Ohi

in Dead Letters Sent: Queer Literary Transmission

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816694778
eISBN:
9781452950754
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816694778.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Giving an overall account of the argument, the introduction briefly situates the book in contemporary queer studies and then turns to a genealogy of its modes of reading. By way of Samuel Johnson, ... More


“That Strange Mimicry of Life by the Living”: Queer Reading in Oscar Wilde’s “The Portrait of Mr. W.H.”

Kevin Ohi

in Dead Letters Sent: Queer Literary Transmission

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816694778
eISBN:
9781452950754
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816694778.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In a reading of Oscar Wilde’s “The Portrait of Mr. W.H.,” which presents a theory of Shakespeare’s Sonnets (purporting to identify the addressee of the dedication) and a narrative about the ... More


Lessons of the Master: Henry James’s Queer Pedagogy

Kevin Ohi

in Dead Letters Sent: Queer Literary Transmission

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816694778
eISBN:
9781452950754
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816694778.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Although it often turns on the consequences of enlightenment, realization, and cognitive development, Henry James’s fiction also presents such transitions as unrepresentable, even unknowable, lost, ... More


Erotic Bafflement and the Lesson of Oscar Wilde: De Profundis

Kevin Ohi

in Dead Letters Sent: Queer Literary Transmission

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816694778
eISBN:
9781452950754
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816694778.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In his prison letter to Lord Alfred Douglas, a letter commonly known as “De Profundis,” Oscar Wilde presents his lover with a lesson he could never learn, in a form of address that at once demands ... More


“My Spirit’s Posthumeity” and the Sleeper’s Outflung Hand: Queer Transmission in Absalom, Absalom!

Kevin Ohi

in Dead Letters Sent: Queer Literary Transmission

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816694778
eISBN:
9781452950754
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816694778.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom presents two seemingly opposed understandings of the relation to telling to history. In one, marking an irremediable alienation from experience, telling dooms ... More


“Vanished but Not Gone, Fixed and Held in the Annealing Dust”: Initiations and Endings in Go Down, Moses

Kevin Ohi

in Dead Letters Sent: Queer Literary Transmission

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816694778
eISBN:
9781452950754
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816694778.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Exploring the various ways that Go Down, Moses is concerned with transmission—the transmission of property in the context of the history of slavery and of the ecological destruction of the land, and ... More


Queer Transmission and the Symposium: Insult, Gay Suicide, and the Staggered Temporalities of Consciousness

Kevin Ohi

in Dead Letters Sent: Queer Literary Transmission

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816694778
eISBN:
9781452950754
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816694778.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The first chapter explores an uncomfortable rhyme between one form of homophobic insult—which ostentatiously voids any homosexual or homophobic content even as it relies on homophobic assumptions to ... More


Queer Atavism and Pater’s Aesthetic Sensibility: “Hippolytus Veiled” and “The Child in the House”

Kevin Ohi

in Dead Letters Sent: Queer Literary Transmission

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816694778
eISBN:
9781452950754
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816694778.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter Four addresses two texts by Walter Pater: “Hippolytus Veiled: A Study from Euripides” and “The Child in the House,” suggesting that Pater’s (implicitly erotic) understanding of art history ... More


Forgetting The Tempest

Kevin Ohi

in Dead Letters Sent: Queer Literary Transmission

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816694778
eISBN:
9781452950754
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816694778.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Exploring the centrality of forgetting to Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Chapter Two argues that forgetting links Prospero’s art of absorption and the play’s understanding of its relation to precursor ... More


The Beast’s Storied End

Kevin Ohi

in Dead Letters Sent: Queer Literary Transmission

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816694778
eISBN:
9781452950754
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816694778.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Two of the best and most influential readings of James’s “The Beast in the Jungle”—by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and Leo Bersani—turn, in crucial ways, on the story’s ending, and, more specifically, on ... More


Tradition in Fragments: Swinburne’s “Anactoria”

Kevin Ohi

in Dead Letters Sent: Queer Literary Transmission

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816694778
eISBN:
9781452950754
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816694778.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter Three explores Swinburne’s “Anactoria” and its meditation on the afterlife of Sappho, a poet who survives, paradoxically, as lost, examining the relation between the poem’s extravagant lament ... More


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