Long Term: Essays on Queer Commitment (Paperback)

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Long Term: Essays on Queer Commitment By Scott Herring (Editor), Lee Wallace (Editor) Cover Image
By Scott Herring (Editor), Lee Wallace (Editor)
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The contributors to Long Term use the tension between the popular embrace and legalization of same-sex marriage and the queer critique of homonormativity as an opportunity to examine the myriad forms of queer commitments and their durational aspect. They consider commitment in all its guises, particularly relationships beyond and aside from monogamous partnering. These include chosen and involuntary long-term commitments to families, friends, pets, and coworkers; to the care of others and care of self; and to financial, psychiatric, and carceral institutions. Whether considering the enduring challenges of chronic illnesses and disability, including HIV and chronic fatigue syndrome; theorizing the queer family as a scene of racialized commitment; or relating the grief and loss that comes with caring for pets, the contributors demonstrate that attending to the long term offers a fuller understanding of queer engagements with intimacy, mortality, change, dependence, and care.

Contributors. Lisa Adkins, Maryanne Dever, Carla Freccero, Elizabeth Freeman, Scott Herring, Annamarie Jagose, Amy Jamgochian, E. Patrick Johnson, Jaya Keaney, Heather Love, Sally R. Munt, Kane Race, Amy Villarejo, Lee Wallace.

About the Author

Scott Herring is Professor of American Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University and author of The Hoarders: Material Deviance in Modern American Culture. Lee Wallace is Associate Professor of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney and author of Reattachment Theory: Queer Cinema of Remarriage, also published by Duke University Press. E. Patrick Johnson is Annenberg University Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781478014232
ISBN-10: 1478014237
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication Date: August 20th, 2021
Pages: 296
Language: English