Erotohistoriography

Elizabeth Freeman
Feb 23, 2010 | 7:00pm
Lecture
Performance Studies Studio
NYU

The Wedding Complex book cover

Elizabeth Freeman is associate professor of English at the University of California, Davis. She specializes in American literature and gender/sexuality/queer studies, and her articles have appeared in numerous scholarly journals. Her first book was The Wedding Complex: Forms of Belonging in Modern American Culture, and she is the editor of Queer Temporalities, a special double issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian Gay Studies 13.2/3 (Winter/Spring 2007). Her second book, Time Binds: Queer Temporalities, Queer Histories, will be published by Duke University Press next year. Her talk will be drawn from this forthcoming project and frame the project of erotohistoriography—loosely, a project of encountering the past in which the body is an instrument. It seeks to offer a revised history of sexuality by centering queer pleasures and proposing the body as site of historical encounter, in and across time. Through these encounters across time, we might get a glimpse of historically specific pleasures and ways of organizing a life that exceed the current cramped politics of same-sex marriage as end game of sexual liberation.

Rescheduled from last semester.

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