114th Annual Conference - Pasadena, California
Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13, 2016

Gender and Sexuality Studies

Session Chair: 
Benjamin Bateman, California State University, Los Angeles
Sierra Bonita


  1. Charis Woodward, Mills College
    In a play where women are continually chastised for their sexual desires, Hamlet’s Gertrude presents a more favorable outlook on female sexuality. This paper examines the queen’s short and often neglected words in an attempt to unravel the unique and fluid roles women play within the revenge tragedy plot.
  2. Alexander Jabbari, University of California, Irvine
    For nearly a millennium prior to the colonial period, frank depiction of homoerotic sexuality was the norm in Persian literature. This paper explores the management of sex and eroticism in the archives of Indian, Iranian, and British educational institutions through examining the first textbooks written for the study of Persian literature, drawing out how modernizers reconciled Victorian sexual mores with teaching the classical Persian literary heritage.
  3. Barbara Young, California State University, Los Angeles
    Outdated social conventions in modern society are studied in their association with the exclusion of non-heteronormative behaviors and sexually repressive behaviors. The short stories of Sherwood Anderson will be analyzed by the theories of Sigmund Freud and Michel Foucault along with the research of Gail Hawkes and John Scott.
Session Cancelled: