Leo Bersani (1931-2022)

On hearing of the death of Leo Bersani (1931-2022) we asked the University of Chicago Press to provide free access to the essays that he published in Critical Inquiry, which began with “‘The Culture of Redemption’: Marcel Proust and Melanie Klein” (1986). We are also hosting a small number of tributes to him.

We hope that these memorial tributes, along with ready access to Leo Bersani’s Critical Inquiry essays, will prompt our readers to revisit his work and renew their sense of his contributions to their understanding of the critical project.


Jacqueline Rose’s “Leo Bersani”

Lee Edelman’s “Speechless: On Leo Bersani”

Joan Copjec’s “Leo Bersani”

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