notes
INTRODUCTION
1 I thank Jade Brooks for the latter anecdote.
2 For a reading of Genet’s afterlife as an “authentic queer French ‘archetype,’ ” see
Provencher, Queer French, 55.
3 On homonationalism, see Puar, Terrorist Assemblages.
4 Stewart and McGregor, “Jean Genet’s Psychiatric Examination in 1943,” 798.
5 White, Genet, 337.
6 See, in order, Genet, Pompes funèbres, 303 – 4; Genet, Funeral Rites, 253; Genet,
L’ennemi déclaré, 311 – 13; Genet, The Declared Enemy, 269 – 70; White, Genet, 316 – 17.
7 Bersani, Homos, 161.
8 Genet, The Maids and Deathwatch, 63. “Ce couple éternel, du criminel et de la
sainte” (Genet, “Les bonnes,” 156).
9 See Mao and Walkowitz, Bad Modernisms.
10 Durham, “Editor’s Preface,” 1.
11 Genet, The Declared Enemy, 261. “Un imposteur qui n’a jamais écrit de livre”
(Genet, L’ennemi déclaré, 302). My translation of  “D’utiliser la merde et de vous la
faire bouffer” (Genet, Pompes funèbres, 190).
12 I draw on Deborah Gould’s understanding of queer less as an identity or a theory
than as a sensibility, which she historicizes as emerging from 1990s act-­ up activ-
ism. Gould, Moving Politics, 256.
13 See Caserio et al., “The Antisocial Thesis in Queer Theory.”
14 For examples of Genet critics who applaud him for his identification with other
forms of social marginality, see Malgorn, Jean Genet; and Eribon, Une morale du
minoritaire, 323.
15 See Warner, The Trouble with Normal; Cohen, “Punks, Bulldaggers, and Welfare
Queens”; Ferguson, Aberrations in Black.
16 Gordon, Ghostly Matters, 4.
17 For an argument in favor of recognizing the “ordinariness” of queer cultures, that
is, their intelligibility and enmeshment in the social world, see Love, “Doing Being
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