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Tufts University
Department of English
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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

Courses Taught

  • Hitchcock: Cinema, Gender, Ideology
  • Postmodernism and Film
  • Literary Theory
  • How Films Think
  • Psychoanalysis and Cinema
  • Film Noir and the American Tradition
  • The Politics of Reading
  • Resistances: Theory and the Negative
  • Queering Theory
  • Queerness and Afro-pessimism: De/Ontologies of Reading

Publication Highlights


  • Sex, or the Unbearable (co-authored with Lauren Berlant) (Duke University Press, 2014)
  • L'impossible homosexuel: Huit essais de théorie queer (Epel, 2013)
  • 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:

  • "'Queerness,' Afro-Pessimism, and the Return of the Aesthetic," in The Return of the Aesthetic in American Studies, REAL – Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature
  • "Two Much: Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train," co-written with Joseph Litvak, GLQ
  • "Psychoanalysis and Urgency: An Interview," The Lacanian Review
  • "De Man's Negativity," Symplokē
  • "Learning Nothing: Bad Education," differences
  • "Queer Tragedy," co-written with Madhavi Menon, in The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Tragedy
  • "The Pathology of the Future; or, The Endless Triumphs of Life," in Constellations of a Contemporary Romanticism
  • "Brief Encounter: de Man and Wordsworth, or the Irony of 'The Rhetoric of Temporality,'" Romantic Circles Praxis Series
  • "Light Hair: The Aesthetics of The Lodger," Cinephile
  • "Occupy Wall Street: Bartleby and the (In)Humanities," History of the Present
  • "White Skin, Dark Meat: Race, Sexuality, and the Politics of Disgust," Identities: A Journal of Politics, Gender and Culture
  • "Against Survival: Queerness in a Time That's Out of Joint," Shakespeare Quarterly
  • "Antagonism, Negativity, and the Subject of Queer Theory," PMLA
  • "Unknowing Barbara," Diacritics