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Elizabeth S. Anker and Bernadette Meyler

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190456368

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190456368.001.0001

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Paranoia, Feminism, Law

Paranoia, Feminism, Law

Reflections on the Possibilities for Queer Legal Studies

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(p.123) Chapter 7 Paranoia, Feminism, Law
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Janet Halley

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190456368.003.0008

In this chapter, Halley reflects on her friendship with Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, focusing on the ways in which it provided a conduit between queer theory in the humanities and legal studies. She compares the roles of paranoia, feminism, and law in Sedgwick’s work and her own, particularly as her friendship with Sedgwick turned on cohering and conflicting emotional and political orientations to these key elements of their shared conversation. Because Sedgwick profoundly altered the conditions of possibility in the humanities, while Halley moved into legal studies, this remembrance is also a reflection on the possibilities for interdisciplinary love and longing.

Keywords:   law and humanities, queer theory, paranoia, sexuality, feminism

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