Long Term

Essays on Queer Commitment

Long Term

Book Pages: 304 Illustrations: 8 illustrations Published: August 2021

American Studies, Disability Studies, Gender and Sexuality > LGBTQ Studies

The contributors to Long Term use the tension between the popular embrace and legalization of same-sex marriage and the queer critique of homonormativity as an opportunity to examine the myriad forms of queer commitments and their durational aspect. They consider commitment in all its guises, particularly relationships beyond and aside monogamous partnering. These include chosen and involuntary long-term commitments to families, friends, pets, and coworkers; to care of others and care of self; and to financial, psychiatric, and carceral institutions. Whether considering the enduring challenges of chronic illnesses and disability, including HIV and chronic fatigue syndrome; theorizing the queer family as a scene of racialized commitment; or relating the grief and loss that comes with caring for pets, the contributors demonstrate that attending to the long term offers a fuller understanding of queer engagements with intimacy, mortality, change, dependence, and care.

Lisa Adkins, Maryanne Dever, Carla Freccero, Elizabeth Freeman, Scott Herring, Annamarie Jagose, Amy Jamgochian, E. Patrick Johnson, Jaya Keaney, Heather Love, Sally R. Munt, Kane Race, Amy Villarejo, Lee Wallace


“Every now and again an edited volume comes along and sets a new agenda for a field. This absolutely dazzling piece of scholarship is precisely such a landmark contribution. Encountering the scrambled landscape of gay life in the post-Obergefell world while grappling with the new possibilities for commitment made possible by the legalization of gay marriage, Long Term is truly original and outstanding work.” — Benjamin Kahan, author of The Book of Minor Perverts: Sexology, Etiology, and the Emergences of Sexuality


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Scott Herring is James H. Rudy Professor of English at Indiana University and author of The Hoarders: Material Deviance in Modern American Culture.

Lee Wallace is an associate professor in Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney and author of Reattachment Theory: Queer Cinema of Remarriage, also published by Duke University Press.

E. Patrick Johnson is Annenberg University Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University.

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Paper ISBN: 978-1-4780-1423-2 / Cloth ISBN: 978-1-4780-1332-7