Rhetorics for Representing the GLBTQ Past
More broadly this volume addresses the challenges and opportunities posed by embracing historical representations of GLBTQ individuals and communities as a political strategy. Particularly for a diverse community whose past is marked by the traumas of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the forgetting and destruction of GLBTQ history, and the sometimes-divisive representational politics of fluid, intersectional identities, portraying a shared past is an exercise fraught with conflict despite its potential rewards. Nonetheless, by investigating rich rhetorical case studies through time and across diverse artifacts—including monuments, memorials, statues, media publications, gravestones, and textbooks—Queerly Remembered reveals that our current queer "turn toward memory" is a complex, enduring, and avowedly rich rhetorical undertaking.
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"In this carefully researched and engagingly written project, Thomas Dunn shows us that queer memory comes in many rhetorical forms. He invites us both to recognize the increasing cultural value of what he compellingly terms queer monumentality—even as he urges us to question and improve it. Dunn's book will be immensely valuable to scholars and students of rhetoric, GLBTQ studies, and public memory alike."—Cara Anne Finnegan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"Thomas R. Dunn's book gives renewed voice to gay pioneers and lesbian artists; explores the tragic, yet crucial, complexities of remembering queer death; and calls upon rhetoricians to (re)theorize, (re)write, and do queer memory better... Queer memories are, Dunn shows, vibrant opportunities for GLBTQ worldmaking, past and present."—QED
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