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Queer Philology?



         RUTGERS   SEMINARS  IN  THE  HISTORY  OF  THE   BOOK   2000

                                 P R E S E N T S

                                  The Tale of Q

                         An Introduction to Queer Philology

 What can queer theory teach us about the study of historically distant
 languages and documents?  This paper begins with the letter Q -- a letter
 with a history queerer than one might think, unfolded in the work of the
 sixteenth-century French humanist and printer Geoffroy Tory and through
 early modern English dictionaries.  Q will help us to theorize what it
 might mean to practice a "queer philology" -- as a way of understanding
 both the sexualities of the early modern period and the methods we have
 used to study them.

 April 13th, 2000, 5:00 P.M. Auditorium, Scholarly Communication Center,
 Alexander Library, College Avenue, New Brunswick, New Jersey

 Jeffrey Masten is the author of Textual Intercourse: Collaboration,
 Authorship, and Sexualities in Renaissance Drama (Cambridge, 1997), and
 co-editor (with Peter Stallybrass and Nancy J. Vickers) of Language
 Machines: Technologies of Literary and Cultural Production (Routledge,
 1997).  His essays on topics in sexuality, gender, and the history of the
 book have appeared in Queering the Renaissance, Field Work, ELH, Reading
 Mary Wroth, and A New History of Early English Drama.  Masten is Associate
 Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Northwestern
 University.

 Rutgers Seminars In The History of The Book are co-sponsored by FAS-New
 Brunswick, SCILS, The English Department and The Rutgers University
 Libraries

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Michael Joseph
mjoseph@rci.rutgers.edu

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