115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Literature and Culture

Session Chair: 
Ashley Kimura, San Francisco State University
Session 6: Saturday 10 – 11:30 am
Eiben 207


  1. Heidi Arndt, "California State Polytechnic University, Pomona"
    André Aciman’s Call Me By Your Name offers a representation of bisexuality which undermines the expectation found in both queer theory and literature that a person’s identity should aspire to visible coherence. It achieves this through the protagonist’s cumulative readings of objects which are imbued with multiple, coexisting meanings.
  2. Pamela Demory, University of California, Davis
    I am a past editor of a longstanding, open access, interdisciplinary undergraduate journal at UC Davis: Prized Writing. For more than 25 years, we have been publishing extraordinary student writing, nearly all of which is available online. Within this large archive, I have identified a "mini archive" of pieces that address LGBTQ issues.  I propose to analyze this collection as a “queer archive.”
  3. Elena Kiesling, Independent Scholar
    Queerness generates its most powerful critique when speaking from a marginalized position which acknowledges the material realities of intersectional experiences that include race, gender, sexuality, and class. As an originally radical anti-identitarian ideal, born amid the coalitional struggle against HIV/AIDS it has, however, recently struggled with its own intersectional profile.
  4. Elizabeth Blake, Haverford College
    Linking sexuality with an appetite for “eats,” this paper argue that Gentleman Jigger shows how a cultivated queer gourmandism can resist discourses of racial essentialism, reconfiguring the relationship between the “civilized” mind and the “primitive” body and suggesting new narratives of queer black male desire.
Session Cancelled: