Cover

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Title Page, Editorial Board, Copyright Page

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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-xii

As childhood dreams go, I suppose mine were a little queer. I dreamt of being a lawyer, a kindergarten teacher, and a fashion designer (never a college professor!), but more than anything, I dreamt of writing a book. My books were among my most treasured objects and favorite companions. I cherished the...

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Introduction: Toward the Queer Possibities of Rhetorical Agency

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pp. 1-29

“Queers Read This.” Both a title and a command, this bold declaration headed the fifteen thousand flyers handed out at the 1990 Gay Pride parade in New York City, inviting recipients to identity and action. And read they did—about heterosexual privilege and queer invisibility, about the misrepresentation...

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1. Staking a Claim on the Queer Frontier: The Debut and Poliferation of Queer Theory

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pp. 30-64

When queer theory emerged in the academy as an edgy and slightly scandalous new area of study at the beginning of the 1990s, it did not enter the scene modestly or decorously. Instead, it was rapidly insinuated into conferences, departments, and bookstores with, as Berlant and Warner suggest...

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2. An Inflammatory Fag We Love to Hate: Larry Kramer, Polemicist

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pp. 65-89

“With this article I am calling for a MASSIVE DISRUPTION of the Sixth International AIDS Conference that is being held in San Francisco June 20–24.” Thus begins Larry Kramer’s essay, “A Call to Riot,” in a 1990 issue of OutWeek magazine. Kramer goes on to state in no uncertain terms that the...

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3. Visibility with a Vengeance: The Lesbian Avengers and Lesbian Chic

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pp. 90-126

On the first day of school in 1992, children arriving at the conservative District 24 elementary school in Queens, New York, were greeted by a festive morning celebration: a marching band in kilts played jaunty music while women clad in “I Was a Lesbian Child” T-shirts held a giant pink banner...

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4. Gay Pride, Queer Shame: The Politics of ACT UP's Affective History

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pp. 127-155

On April 27, 2012, Rachel Maddow delivered a lengthy and moving encomium to ACT UP to mark the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the founding of the group. Calling ACT UP “one of the most effective activist groups in American history,” Maddow’s report included past news coverage...

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Conclusion: Risking Resistance

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pp. 156-170

If nothing else, queer theory is a field supremely cognizant of the rhetorical significance of marking beginnings and endings. At the start of 2012, when the intellectual pursuit organized by the term “queer theory” was barely old enough to buy itself a beer at the local gay bar, its demise...

Notes

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pp. 171-194

Bibliography

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pp. 195-206

Index

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pp. 207-212