116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Literature and Culture

Session Chair: 
Morgane Flahault, Indiana University, Bloomington
Session 7: Sunday 8:15 am – 9:45 am
Miller Hall 239


  1. Rachel Lallouz, University of Victoria
    My paper employs a queer, eco-feminist framework to raise questions about animal embodiment by the feminine, racialized body in erotic theatrical performance. I investigate how Two-Spirit eroticism achieves corporeal sovereignty in Indigenous, queer performer and playwright Muriel Miguel’s one-woman erotic play Hot ‘n’ Soft (1991), in which Miguel performs the gender-bending roles of butch Coyote and femme Fox.
  2. Blaise Bayno, University of California, Santa Cruz
    This paper will read James St. James' memoir Disco Bloodbath as an embodiment of Lee Edelman's polemic No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive. After articulating these text's affinities, using Lacan's theory of the four discourses, I suggest that the legacy of the memoir's subjects and their relationship to neoliberalism reveal Edelman's elision of how No Future may confront the market.
  3. Edward Chamberlain, University of Washington Tacoma
    In a collection titled The Buried Sea, the Puerto Rican poet Rane Arroyo shares poems that reference far-off lands and spaces including his family’s home in Puerto Rico. This presentation theorizes how Arroyo’s collection plays with notions of belonging and connectivity in scenes involving hybrid figures and queer social existences.
  4. Kaidan Nic McNamee, Western Washington University
    “Monstrous” bodies figure prominently in the field of trans studies, especially in the works of Susan Stryker and Sonny Nordmarken. I perform a trans reading of the Transformers: Autocracy comic, reading its many monstrously embodied characters as trans narratives. I also conduct an autoethnographic exploration of how the Transformers canon instructed/created my private and public performances of masculinity as a trans child growing up in rural Montana. 
Session Cancelled: