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A Companion to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies

George E. Haggerty (Editor), Molly McGarry (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-68057-5
496 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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A Companion to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies is the first single volume survey of current discussions taking place in this rapidly developing area of study.
  • Recognizing the multidisciplinary nature of the field, the editors gather new essays by an international team of established and emerging scholars
  • Addresses the politics, economics, history, and cultural impact of sexuality
  • Engages the future of queer studies by asking what sexuality stands for, what work it does, and how it continues to structure discussions in various academic disciplines as well as contemporary politics
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List of Illustrations ix

List of Contributors xi

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction 1
Molly McGarry and George E. Haggerty

PART I QUEER POLITICS IN THE TIME OF WAR AND SHOPPING OR WHY SEX? WHY NOW? 15

1 Sex, Secularism, and the “War on Terrorism”: The Role of Sexuality in Multi- Issue Organizing 17
Janet R. Jakobsen

2 Freedom and the Racialization of Intimacy: Lawrence v. Texas and the Emergence of Queer Liberalism 38
David L. Eng

3 “No Atheists in the Fox Hole”: Toward a Radical Queer Politics in a Post- 9/11 World 60
Sharon P. Holland

4 Queer Love in the Time of War and Shopping 77
Martin F. Manalansan IV

5 Who Needs Civil Liberties? 87
Richard Meyer

PART II HISTORIES, GENEALOGIES, AND FUTURITIES 107

6 The Relevance of Race for the Study of Sexuality 109
Roderick A. Ferguson

7 The Present Future of Lesbian Historiography 124
Valerie Traub

8 Deviant Teaching 146
David M. Halperin

9 After Sontag: Future Notes on Camp 168
Ann Pellegrini

10 Queer Spectrality: Haunting the Past 194
Carla Freccero

PART III DESIRE FOR GENDER 215

11 The Desire for Gender 217
Robyn Wiegman

12 Methodologies of Trans Resistance 237
Dean Spade

13 The History of Aphallia and the Intersexual Challenge to Sex/Gender 262
Vernon A. Rosario

14 Gesture and Utterance: Fragments from a Butch–Femme Archive 282
Juana María Rodríguez

PART IV QUEER BELONGINGS 293

15 Queer Belongings: Kinship Theory and Queer Theory 295
Elizabeth Freeman

16 Forgetting Family: Queer Alternatives to Oedipal Relations 315
Judith Halberstam

17 Between Friends 325
Jennifer Doyle

18 Queer Regions: Locating Lesbians in Sancharram 341
Gayatri Gopinath

19 The Light That Never Goes Out: Butch Intimacies and Sub- Urban Sociabilities in “Lesser Los Angeles” 355
Karen Tongson

PART V PERFORMING THEORY OR THEORY IN MEDIAS RES 377

20 “Serious Innovation”: An Interview with Judith Butler 379
Jordana Rosenberg

21 Materiality, Pedagogy, and the Limits of Queer Visibility 389
Amy Villarejo

22 Melos, Telos, and Me: Transpositions of Identity in the Rock Musical 404
James Tobias

23 Promising Complicities: On the Sex, Race, and Globalization Project 430
Miranda Joseph and David Rubin

24 Queerness as Horizon: Utopian Hermeneutics in the Face of Gay Pragmatism 452
José Esteban Muñoz

Index 465

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George E. Haggerty is Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside. His books include Gothic Fiction/Gothic Form (1989), Unnatural Affections: Women and Fiction in the Later Eighteenth Century (1998) and Men In Love: Masculinity and Sexuality in the Eighteenth Century (1999). He has also edited Professions of Desire: Lesbian and Gay Studies in Literature (1995) and Gay Histories and Cultures: An Encyclopedia (2000). His latest book is Queer Gothic (2006).

Molly McGarry is Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Riverside. She is co-author (with Fred Wasserman) of Becoming Visible and author of Ghosts of Futures Past (2007).

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  • The first single volume survey to assess, support, and advance the discussions taking place in this rapidly developing area of study
  • Recognizes the multidisciplinary nature of the field
  • Addresses the politics, economics, history, and cultural impact of sexuality
  • New essays by an international team of established and emerging scholars
  • Engages the future of queer studies by asking what sexuality stands for, what work it does, and how it continues to structure discussions in various academic disciplines as well as contemporary politics
See More
"The Companion's focus on sexuality is of universal relevance and merits serious attention in all academic courses at university level. Recommended with sincere respect." (Reference Reviews, Issue 8 2008)

"Women’s Studies, Feminist Theory, Gay and Lesbian Studies, African American Studies, Gender Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Critical Race Theory, Cultural Studies, Sexuality Studies, Transgender Studies, Queer Theory – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies. This anthology collects new work by people who have helped keep identity-inflected “Studies” from settling down. And across its broad scope, it argues for the continuing centrality of sexuality. Its appearance is a big moment: don’t miss it."
–Janet Halley, Harvard Law School

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