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Leo Bersani

Living Theory


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Leo Bersani by Mikko Tuhkanen
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For half a century, Leo Bersani's texts have inspired, resisted, guided, and challenged work in the fields of literary criticism, literary theory, queer theory, cultural studies, psychoanalytic theory, and film and visual studies. Concluding with an interview with Bersani, this is the first book-length introduction to Bersani's oeuvre. Leo Bersani: Living Theory chronologically follows the development of Bersani's thought from his engagement in the 1960s and 1970s with French and American modernist fiction and his early articulations of poststructuralist theory (Derrida, Deleuze, Foucault, Blanchot), before moving to his work on psychoanalysis and to his groundbreaking formulations of what would become queer theory in the 1990s. The final chapter proposes a dialogue between Bersanian ethics/aesthetics and the recent emergence of disability theory.

Author Biography

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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January 28th, 2016
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United States
Continuum Publishing Corporation
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