Partner Salvatore "Sam" Geraci

Queer Places:
Harvard University (Ivy League), 2 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Wellesley College (Seven Sisters), 106 Central St, Wellesley, MA 02481
Rutgers University, 77 Hamilton St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
University of California, 110 Sproul Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720
2101 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
2384 Cedar St, Portland, OR 97205
1 Lakeside Dr, Oakland, CA 94612
355 Buena Vista Ave E, San Francisco, CA 94117

Leo Bersani (April 16, 1931 – February 20, 2022) was an American academic, known for his contributions to French literary criticism and queer theory. He was known for his 1987 essay "Is the Rectum a Grave?" and his 1995 book Homos.[1] Bersani’s parter Salvatore "Sam" Geraci, who, he met in 1994 and married in 2014, was a constant support to him.

Bersani was born in the Bronx. He studied at Harvard University, graduating in 1952 with a bachelor’s in Romance languages, and with a Ph.D. in comparative literature in 1958. He was awarded a Guggenhein Fellowiship in French Literature in 1967. He taught at Wellesley College and Rutgers University before joining University of California, Berkeley in 1972, where he'd remain for the rest of his career, assuming emeritus status in 1996.[1] He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1992.[2] Bersani died at a care facility under the care of Hospice in Peoria, Arizona, on February 20, 2022, at 1:46AM at the age of 90 with his partner Sam Geraci at his side.[1]

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