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Leo Bersani: A Speculative Introduction
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Leo Bersani: A Speculative Introduction (Paperback)

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For the past 60 years, Leo Bersani has inspired, resisted, guided, and challenged scholarly work in the fields of literary criticism, queer theory, cultural studies, psychoanalytic theory, and film and visual studies. Moving across an impressive range of sources, Mikko Tuhkanen seeks out the "fundamental notes"-the questions that we find and refind-in Bersani's extensive oeuvre across the decades.

The chapters explore Bersani's engagement with psychoanalytic theory (Freud, Laplanche, Klein, Lacan), French and American modernist fiction (Proust, Baudelaire, Mallarme, James, Beckett), poststructuralist theory (Derrida, Foucault, Deleuze, Guattari, Blanchot), queer theory (Butler, Edelman), and the visual arts (Caravaggio, Almodovar, Pasolini, Malick, Dumont). This first introduction to Bersani's work provides a chronological overview of his thought and details his contributions to literary studies and critical theory.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary theoryLGBT & Gender StudiesGay & Lesbian studiesGay studies: Gay menPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groups Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc Publication Date: 12/11/2020 ISBN-13: 9781623563592  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Mikko Tuhkanen is Associate Professor of English at Texas A&M University, USA. He is the author of The American Optic: Psychoanalysis, Critical Race Theory, and Richard Wright (2009) and has published essays in diacritics, American Literature, GLQ, Modern Fiction Studies, and elsewhere. He is also the editor of Leo Bersani: Queer Theory and Beyond (forthcoming), as well as the co-editor, with E. L. McCallum, of Queer Times, Queer Becomings (2011) and The Cambridge History of Gay and Lesbian Literature (forthcoming).

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