Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 16 to 18
- Grade: 11 to 12
Love Speech is an auto-theoretical book that reads both like poetry and an epistle; a textile of literary mothers shot through with cultural-political feelings, threads of conversation, and moments from queer life. Love Speech takes it titles from an ethics of addressability that Judith Butler originally raises to examine what makes language such as hate speech hurtful. “Our very being exposes us to the address of another,” she says (via Claudia Rankine’s account in Citizen: An American Lyric.) Butler considers the inverse in several conversations, and Huang, too, is devoted to theorizing and enacting love speech further.
About the author
Xiaoxuan / Sherry Huang is a queer writer who experiments across disciplines. Tenderness, gender, utopia, and aesthetics are important considerations in her work. She is an immigrant-settler to Canada, and was born in Shanghai.
THE CASCADE | "Love Speech is an intimate and philosophical reflection on the manifestation of love in the life of a queer immigrant-settler. Huang carefully balances poetry and academia in this auto-theoretical piece that has earned its place amongst academic circles focused on gender studies and philosophy."