Elizabeth Freeman began her teaching career at Sarah Lawrence College, coming to UC Davis in 2000. She specializes in American literature and gender/sexuality/queer studies, and her articles have appeared in numerous scholarly journals. She has written two books, The Wedding Complex: Forms of Belonging in Modern American Culture (Duke UP, 2002), and Time Binds: Queer Temporalities, Queer Histories (Duke UP, 2010). She was also the editor of a special issue of GLQ, "Queer Temporalities" (2007). Between 2011 and 2017, she served as Co-Editor of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies.
Elizabeth will be here to speak about her book, The Wedding Complex: Forms of Belonging in Modern American Culture.
If you’d like to meet Elizabeth, join for a conversation, or hear her speak while she is in Madison, email: firstname.lastname@example.org by June 1st
The Wedding Complex explores the significance of the wedding ceremony by asking what the wedding becomes when you separate it from the idea of marriage. Freeman finds that weddings—as performances, fantasies, and rituals of transformation—are sites for imagining and enacting forms of social intimacy other than monogamous heterosexuality. Looking at the history of Anglo-American weddings and their depictions in American literature and popular culture from the antebellum era to the present, she reveals the cluster of queer desires at the heart of the "wedding complex"—longings not for marriage necessarily but for public forms of attachment, ceremony, pageantry, and celebration. (Excerpt from Duke University Press)
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