A dedication is a speech act. Like saying, “I do thee wed,” to write, “I make you a gift of the words I have written” is to cause to be true the statement uttered, to tender oneself to another upon the material support that makes writing itself possible, and with it narrative, logic, and wonder. The dedications included in the series “Lecture” are gifts slipped between the title page and the frontispiece of books that trace what might be called queer culture.

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