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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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Queer Transmission and the Symposium

Queer Transmission and the Symposium

Insult, Gay Suicide, and the Staggered Temporalities of Consciousness

(p.35) 1 Queer Transmission and the Symposium
Dead Letters Sent

Kevin Ohi

University of Minnesota Press

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 secure its perlocutionary force—and a not entirely dissimilar suspension legible in the centrality of forgetting to the transmission of knowledge in Plato’s Symposium. The latter provides an initial formulation of what the book calls queer transmission. Its proximity to the former becomes, for the chapter, a cipher for the historicity of human consciousness.

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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