• Overview

    Series Q was launched in 1993 by editors Michèle Aina Barale, Jonathan Goldberg, Michael Moon, and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick. It brought a theoretical and interdisciplinary lens to gay and lesbian studies, approaching questions of sexuality from a queer angle. Intersections of sexuality with cultural studies, gender theory, social theory and literary theory characterize many of the books in the series in their embrace of questions of gender, culture, race and nationality, sexuality, and processes of representation.

    The inaugural volume in the series was Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's Tendencies. Within a few months, two additional volumes appeared—Jonathan Goldberg’s collection Queering the Renaissance (1994) and a reissue of Guy Hocquenghem’s Homosexual Desire (1993), with a new introduction by Michael Moon. Over eighteen years, the series grew to include forty-eight books in a variety of disciplines including literature, anthropology, history, religion, and film studies. By the time of the death of co-editor Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick in 2009, queer theory had found a place in multiple academic disciplines and it's concepts informed a wide range of theoretical approaches. Therefore, the remaining editors decided to close the series in the way it had begun—with an extraordinary volume by Eve Kosofsky Sedgick.


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