Offsetting queer literary labor

Solomon, Samuel (2018) Offsetting queer literary labor. GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 24 (2). pp. 239-266. ISSN 1064-2684

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“Offsetting Queer Literary Labor” asks how LGBTQ+ people and other feminists navigated late twentieth-century changes in print technology in the period from roughly 1965-1990, a period during which typesetting was first computerized and then all but abandoned as part of the pre-print process. I do this by way of an encounter with the writings of Marxist-feminist poet Karen Brodine. The labor relations that surround the typesetting computer are part and parcel of the revolutionary working-class and queer socialist feminism that Brodine elaborates across her writing and that she worked for tirelessly in her life. Through a reading of her poetry, journals, and political activities, I argue that late-twentieth century US gender and sexual categories, as well as novel forms of queer intimacy, were forged through the material relations of print-related wage work. Rather than claiming to queer these texts or this history, this article argues that the concrete forms of feminized labor that attend literary technologies have been and continue to be the basis for the category of “LGBT literature.”

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD4801 Labour. Work. Working class
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women > HQ0012 Sexual life > HQ0075 Homosexuality. Lesbianism
P Language and Literature > PS American literature > PS0147 Women authors
P Language and Literature > PS American literature > PS0185 By period > PS0221 20th century
P Language and Literature > PS American literature > PS0301 Poetry
Depositing User: Samuel Solomon
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2017 15:11
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2018 16:06

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