By Carla Freccero
Combining feminist concept, queer idea, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, and literary feedback, Freccero takes up a sequence of theoretical and ancient concerns relating to debates in queer idea, feminist conception, the historical past of sexuality, and early smooth reports. She juxtaposes readings of early and overdue glossy texts, discussing the lyric poetry of Petrarch, Louise Labé, and Melissa Ethridge; David Halperin’s tackle Michel Foucault through Apuleius’s The Golden Ass and Boccaccio’s Decameron; and France’s family accomplice laws in reference to Marguerite de Navarre’s Heptameron. Turning to French cleric Jean de Léry’s account, released in 1578, of getting witnessed cannibalism and spiritual rituals in Brazil a few 20 years prior and to the twentieth-century Brandon Teena case, Freccero attracts on Jacques Derrida’s thought of spectrality to suggest either an ethics and a style of interpretation that recognizes and is galvanized via the haunting of the current through the past.
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