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Tufts University
Department of English
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Room 313, East Hall
Medford, MA 02155

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Lee Edelman
Fletcher Professor of English Literature


Lee Edelman began his academic career as a scholar of twentieth-century American poetry. He has since become a central figure in the development, dissemination, and rethinking of queer theory. His current work explores the intersections of sexuality, rhetorical theory, cultural politics, and film. He holds an appointment as the Fletcher Professor of English Literature.

Research Interests

  • Literary Theory (especially Queer Theory, Psychoanalysis, and Post-structuralism)
  • Film Studies
  • Modern Poetry

Courses Taught

  • Hitchcock: Cinema, Gender, Ideology
  • Postmodernism and Film
  • Literary Theory
  • Sexuality, Literature, and Contemporary Criticism
  • The Invisible Spectacle: Cinema, Discipline, and Desire
  • Psychoanalysis and Cultural Criticism
  • Film Noir and the American Tradition
  • Twentieth Century British and American Poetry
  • Topic in Post-Structural Theory
  • The Politics of Reading

Publication Highlights


  • No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive (Duke University Press, 2004)
  • Homographesis: Essays in Gay Literary and Cultural Theory (Routledge, 1993)
  • Transmemberment of Song: Hart Crane's Anatomies of Rhetoric and Desire (Stanford, 1987)

Recent Essays:

  • "The Student of Metaphor," differences
  • "Antagonism,Negativity, and the Subject of Queer Theory," PMLA
  • "Unknowing Barbara," Diacritics
  • "La pensée queer: l'insupportable," Rue Descartes
  • "Aesthetic Value and Literary Language: Bishop and de Man," in "Never Again Would Bird's Song Be the Same": New Essays on Poetry and Poetics, Renaissance to Contemporary, ed. Jennifer Lewin
  • "Post Partum: A Response to John Brenkman," Narrative
  • "Rear Window's Glasshole," in Out Takes: Essays in Queer Theory and Film, ed. Ellis Hanson
  • "Men's Room," in Stud: Architectures of Masculinity, ed. Joel Sanders
  • "Queer Theory: Unstating Desire," GLQ
  • "Piss Elegant: Freud, Hitchcock, and the Micturating Penis," GLQ