Subjectivity and Seropositivity: Retranslating Guillaume Dustan

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Queer subjectivity is often thought of as fluid, nonlinear. This viewpoint aligns with scholarship on retranslation theory that views this process as a complex intersection of possible meaning for a text. Drawing on a retranslation of Guillaume Dustan’s Dans ma chambre, I suggest that retranslation reinforces queer subjectivity because both avoid teleological outcomes of their processes while reexamining how Dustan illustrates his existence in relation to his disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-142
Number of pages20
JournalEssays in French Literature and Culture
StatePublished - 2022


  • discursive
  • Guillaume Dustan
  • queer subjectivity
  • retranslation
  • seropositivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Linguistics and Language


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