Discover new books this Pride Month

By | June 17, 2021

This Pride Month, we’re celebrating with a selection of free digital resources and discounted books, including these top picks in literary studies! Explore our recent releases, a guest post from author Mikko Tuhkanen, and a featured episode from the Bloomsbury Academic Podcast.

Check out our full Pride Month Reading List and other podcast episodes on gender, sexuality, and identity. Get 35% off select titles when you use code Pride21 at checkout, offer available on bloomsbury.com through the end of June.

For the past 60 years, Leo Bersani has inspired, resisted, guided, and challenged scholarly work in the fields of literary criticism, queer theory, cultural studies, psychoanalytic theory, and film and visual studies. Moving across an impressive range of sources, Mikko Tuhkanen seeks out the “fundamental notes”-the questions that we find and refind-in Bersani’s extensive oeuvre across the decades.

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Irreverent and provoking, the figure of the ‘queer troublemaker’ is a disruptive force both poetically and politically. Tracing the genealogy of this figure in modern avant-garde American poetry, Prudence Bussey-Chamberlain develops innovative close readings of the works of Gertrude Stein, Frank O’Hara, Eileen Myles and Maggie Nelson. Exploring how these writers play with identity, gender, sexuality and genre, Bussey-Chamberlain constructs a queer poetics of flippancy that can subvert ideas of success and failure, affect and affectation, performance and performativity, poetry and being.

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The emergence of transgender communities into the public eye over the past few decades has brought some new understanding, but also renewed outbreaks of violent backlash. In Transgender, Translation, Translingual Address, Douglas Robinson seeks to understand the “translational” or “translingual” dialogues between cisgendered and transgendered people. 

Drawing on a range of LGBT scholars, philosophers, sociologists, sexologists, and literary voices, Robinson sets up cis-trans dialogues on such issues as binary vs. anti-binary sex/gender identities, and the nature of transition and transformation.

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In 1930, Danish artist Einar Wegener underwent a series of surgeries to live as Lili Ilse Elvenes, or Lili Elbe. Her life story, Fra Mand til Kvinde (From Man to Woman), is the first popular full-length (auto)biographical narrative of a subject who undergoes genital transformation surgery. 

This book presents the full text of the 1933 American edition of Elbe’s work with comprehensive notes on textual and paratextual variants across the four published editions in three languages.

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Explore the Lili Elbe Digital Archive >>

From the author of Burger

The Sexual Politics of Meat with Carol J. Adams

Veganism. Animal rights. Feminism. Masculinity. Capitalism. The climate crisis. Racism. Author Carol J. Adams discusses how each of these issues is connected. If you’re eager to explore the intersectional relationships between them and discover how they relate to the way society thinks about meat consumption and gender politics, then this is the episode for you.

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