“Offsetting Queer Literary Labor” asks how LGBTQ+ people and other feminists navigated late twentieth-century changes in print technology from roughly 1965 to 1990, a period in which typesetting was first computerized and then all but abandoned as part of the preprint process. I do this by way of an encounter with the writings of Marxist-feminist poet Karen Brodine. The labor relations that surround the typesetting computer are part and parcel of the revolutionary working-class and queer socialist feminism that Brodine elaborates across her writing and that she worked for tirelessly in her life. Through a reading of her poetry, journals, and political activities, I argue that late twentieth-century US gender and sexual categories, as well as novel forms of queer intimacy, were forged in the material relations of print-related wage work. Rather than claiming to queer these texts or this history, this article argues that the concrete forms of feminized labor that attend literary technologies have been and continue to be the basis for the category of LGBT literature.
Samuel Solomon; Offsetting Queer Literary Labor. GLQ 1 June 2018; 24 (2-3): 239–266. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10642684-4324801
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