Queering Public Address: Sexualities in American Historical Discourse

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Charles E. Morris
Univ of South Carolina Press, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 298 pages
Ten noted rhetorical critics disrupt the silence regarding nonnormative sexualities in the study of American historical discourse and upend the heteronormativity that governs much of rhetorical history. Reconfiguring Quintilian's mandate that an orator is a good man speaking well, contributors grapple at the intersection of rhetoric, history, and sexuality as they interrogate historically situated discursive performances, politics, and meanings of the good queer speaking well. Enacting both political and radical visions, these scholars articulate the promises of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender public address and the queer critiques that work to deepen their fulfillment. The contributors consider figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, Harvey Milk, Marlon Riggs, and Lorraine Hansberry.
 

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Contents

Queering Eleanor Roosevelt
23
Abraham Lincoln Larry Kramer
93
On the Development of CounterRacist Quare
121
Lucy Lobdells Queer Circumstances
149
Exploring the Rhetorical Limits of
174
Speak Up I Cant Queer You
195
Lorraine Hansberrys
220
Audre Lordes
249
Contributors
283
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