Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Guest Blogger: Michael O'Rourke

ITM is happy to announce that Michael O'Rourke will soon be offering some guest posts on queer, past and future. Works and authors to be touched upon include, he informs us, "Goldberg and Menon's "Queering History," Edelman's No Future, Derrida's Spectres and Caputo on the ethics of history."

Michael may be familiar to readers of this blog from his frequent presence at medieval conferences, including Leeds. A co-founder (with Noreen Giffney) of the Dublin Queer Studies Group and an organizer of The(e)ories: Advanced Seminars for Queer Research, Michael has published widely on queer and gender theory; Deleuze and Guattari; deconstruction; and literature. He is a member of the editorial board of Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge, where he published an excellent appreciation of Jacques Derrida that I've cited on this blog (Queer Theory's Loss and the Work of Mourning Jacques Derrida).

I've always found Michael's work challenging and inspirational. I've especially valued the Irish (or, at least, non-US) perspective he brings to queer theory, a school of criticism which sometimes makes itself out to be the lonely progeny of the American academy.

I must also say that I admire his hair. Welcome, Michael.


Eileen Joy said...

Welcome, Michael; I'm really looking forward to this, plus, my arms are tired [haha]. I love RHIZOMES, by the way--such a cool journal. Cheers, Eileen

Ancrene Wiseass said...

Welcome! I'm looking very much forward to reading your posts.

Michael O'Rourke said...

Hi Guys,

I love the display name Ancrene Wiseass. I once gave a paper on The Passion of the Christ and the erotics of medieval devotion which imagined porno versions of medieval texts. I came up with (rather lamely I know) Ancrene Pisse, and The Cream of the Rood. My more conservative colleagues had already left when I insisted on showing the "cum shot" in Gibson's film.

Obadiah Fowler said...

Hi Michael! from Mandy Berry