Abstract

Reading Queerly: A Presentist's Confession

Responding to David Simpson's concerns about the status of literary history, Tomso argues that presentism in literary studies is neither a threat to literary history nor a sign of the "end of history." In his essay, he explains a few of the assumptions about history and reading that motivate recent presentist work in literary criticism and history, and attempts to articulate both the historical and the more personal or subjective value of presentist scholarship.