Passing by proxy: Collusive and convulsive silence in the trial of leopold and loeb

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Abstract

Despite unfolding as it did during the sexual revolution of the 1920s, Leopold and Loeb's "trial of the century elicited a deluge of constitutive discourse that struggled against overt articulation and circulation of the boys queerness. In this essay, I argue that those discourses - dominant reportage, in camera courtroom conferences, and Clarence Darrow's famous summation - manifested what I label "passing by proxy, a collusive and convulsive act of straight closeting that speaks queer sexuality despite concerted effort to silence it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)264-290
Number of pages27
JournalQuarterly Journal of Speech
Volume91
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Clarence Darrow
  • In Camera
  • Leopold and Leob
  • Passing
  • Queer
  • Silence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education

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