Contingent Figure: Chronic Pain and Queer Embodiment

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University of Minnesota Press
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5.4 X 8.5 X 0.8 inches | 0.83 pounds

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About the Author

Michael D. Snediker is associate professor of English at the University of Houston. He is author of Queer Optimism: Lyric Personhood and Other Felicitous Persuasions (Minnesota, 2008), a finalist for the MLA First Book Prize and Phi Beta Kappa Christian Gauss Prize. He has written two books of poems, The New York Editions and The Apartment of Tragic Appliances.


"Contingent Figure is a book for the very best readers. Its meditation on chronic pain reimagines formalism's intimate attention to bodily distress, in turn impelling queer theory to reckon with how incapacity feels as opposed to just the uses to which it is put politically. Poetic, incisive, and continually surprising, Contingent Figure is one of a kind."--Elizabeth Freeman, author of Beside You in Time: Sense Methods and Queer Sociabilities in the American Nineteenth Century

"To learn the meaning of memory in the ruins of love, that is Michael D. Snediker's dare. The pages on Melville are harrowing and majestic, a wildly beautiful summons to throw ourselves into the visceral depths. Contingent Figure pushed me to experience both the deepest philosophy and the most obstinate invitation to the tremors of the flesh."--Colin Dayan, author of Animal Quintet: A Southern Memoir