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The Queer Silences of Jim Grimsley’s Winter Birds

The Queer Silences of Jim Grimsley’s Winter Birds J ame S a . c ran K t he Queer sI lences of jI m Gr I msley ’s w inter b irds Those withsufficient memories of childhoodhav e no troublerecognizi ngthat it is a queer time: being These ques- a childent ailsexisti ngas an individual whose iden- tityis defined by multiple competing structures tions deserve of value, each with theiro wn intrinsic—andoften answers—not contradictory—hierarchies; c hildren experience simultaneous wonder and terror at the burgeon- simply because ing mysteriesof thephysical w orld in relation to a they are useful deeper, confounding, and often inchoateseries of hidden spirituals ystems,whose meanings are diffi - analytical tools cult,if not impossible, to decipherwithout transl a- for investigat- tion; furthermore, the disconnection, rootlessness, and hypocrisies of adults threatenany sense of ing literature intellectual and individualized moral character f or (they are), but a child’snascent emotional stabilityIn . short,c hild - hood’s queerness is bound up in a child’s literal because we existence: a physicalbody in a world entirely adj udi- need to remind cated, defined, and policed by someone else. The child’s always-contestedre lationship be- ourselves our tweenautonomy o ver her body and thedisci plinary profession can forcesof parental and institutional authorit y http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Southern Literary Journal University of North Carolina Press

The Queer Silences of Jim Grimsley’s Winter Birds

The Southern Literary Journal , Volume 51 (1) – Dec 9, 2019

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University of North Carolina Press
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Abstract

J ame S a . c ran K t he Queer sI lences of jI m Gr I msley ’s w inter b irds Those withsufficient memories of childhoodhav e no troublerecognizi ngthat it is a queer time: being These ques- a childent ailsexisti ngas an individual whose iden- tityis defined by multiple competing structures tions deserve of value, each with theiro wn intrinsic—andoften answers—not contradictory—hierarchies; c hildren experience simultaneous wonder and terror at the burgeon- simply because ing mysteriesof thephysical w orld in relation to a they are useful deeper, confounding, and often inchoateseries of hidden spirituals ystems,whose meanings are diffi - analytical tools cult,if not impossible, to decipherwithout transl a- for investigat- tion; furthermore, the disconnection, rootlessness, and hypocrisies of adults threatenany sense of ing literature intellectual and individualized moral character f or (they are), but a child’snascent emotional stabilityIn . short,c hild - hood’s queerness is bound up in a child’s literal because we existence: a physicalbody in a world entirely adj udi- need to remind cated, defined, and policed by someone else. The child’s always-contestedre lationship be- ourselves our tweenautonomy o ver her body and thedisci plinary profession can forcesof parental and institutional authorit y

Journal

The Southern Literary JournalUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Dec 9, 2019

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