Dead Letters Sent

dead lettersLiterary texts that address tradition and the transmission of knowledge often seem concerned less with preservation than with loss, recurrently describing scenarios of what Professor of English Kevin Ohi terms “thwarted transmission.” By exploring how transmission of a minority sexual culture is intertwined with the queer potential of literary and cultural transmission, Ohi builds a persuasive argument in his new book Dead Letters Sent: Queer Literary Transmission (University of Minnesota Press, 2105) for the relevance of queer criticism to literary study. Ohi’s book explores works by Plato, Shakespeare, Swinburne, Pater, Wilde, James and Faulkner. Ohi was a recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship.

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