'Ethereal Queer: Television, Historicity, Desire' by Amy Villarejo

What we see on the horde of screens that comprise and dictate the majority of our daily actions are vital in composing not only our personal narrative but also society’s at large. The importance of one of those screens, the television, has been such a longtime player in the representations of different societal, cultural, and… read more

'Orgasmology’ by Annamarie Jagose

Jagose’s latest project is a continuation of her study of how to separate sex from sexuality; her focus on the orgasm is born from her observation that this idealized “thing” has been accorded little critical thought in queer studies…. read more

‘Depression: A Public Feeling’ by Ann Cvetkovich

Though not always elegantly executed—perhaps on purpose, as Cvetkovich indicates early on in the text—Depression succeeds at opening up a public discussion on certain kinds of depression that are often dismissed as trivial…… read more

‘Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect’ by Mel Y. Chen

Mel Y. Chen offers an enticing study of what is produced at the intersection of cognitive linguistics, queer of color studies, critical animal studies, and disability theory in Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect. “Animacies” are those animate, and animated, states of being that are regulated through political spheres. To explore what has or… read more

'Cruel Optimism' by Lauren Berlant

Judged solely by its title, Lauren Berlant’s Cruel Optimism (Duke University Press) could easily be dismissed by some as just another cynical work of cultural critique. Instead, Berlant strives to distance herself from “the ease with which intellectuals shit on people who hold to a dream.” It would be easy for Berlant to join the in tradition… read more

'The Deaths of the Author: Reading and Writing in Time' by Jane Gallop

In my most recent review here on Lambda Literary, I considered the late Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s posthumous book The Weather in Proust and mourned the loss of one of our greatest queer scholars. In hindsight, I wish I had come across Jane Gallop’s latest book The Deaths of the Author (Duke University Press) beforehand, because Gallop… read more