Abstract

Abstract:

Dissatisfied by traditional metaphors of generational inheritance, this piece explores alternative ways of relating to a citational archive in order to open up the possibility for an erotics of citation. I performatively read two texts—Lee Edelman's "Seeing Things: Representation, the Scene of Surveillance, and the Spectacle of Gay Male Sex" (1991) and D.A. Miller's "Call for Papers: In MemoriumBarbara Johnson" (2011)—and chronicle my own experience as a reader in order to provide two examples of the ways citational association can productively spin out of control.

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