Response: A Love Supreme

The Triumph of Life compels us to read it, asserting how much reading, Romanticism, and reading Romanticism are all different modalities of compulsion that structure our cultural, historical, and material lives. Yet as much as the origins of this volume might have been based on this insight, each of the essays collected here alight upon a dimension of Shelley’s poem—for Khalip the figure of the last, for Fay the notion of the pre-vocative beyond, for Pyle the operations of the minor, and for Washington the activity of post-Newtonian light—that eschews the compulsions of visuality for an encounter with in Fay a non-optical alterity and in the other three something defined by either its own passing, boundedness, or willingness to let go. In doing so, these latest readings of Shelley’s work are not so much compelled by the triumph of (human) life as energized by the emergence of a Shelleyan queer love defined more by the act of non-possession than anything else.