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.
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