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Dead Letters SentQueer Literary Transmission$
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Kevin Ohi

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816694778

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816694778.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
Source:
Dead Letters Sent
Author(s):

Kevin Ohi

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816694778.003.0001

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, Jesper Svenbro, Anne Carson, Leo Bersani, T. S. Eliot, Harold Bloom, Andrew H. Miller, and, most important, Giorgio Agamben, it outlines the theoretical underpinnings of its model of close reading.

Keywords:   Literary tradition, Literary and cultural transmission, Queer literary criticism, Queer theory, Initiation and Development, Close Reading, Potentiality, Temporality of Consciousness

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