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

Queer Literature, Film, and Theory

Session Chair: 
Elizabeth Blake, Haverford College
Session 3: Saturday 8:15 am – 9:45 am
Miller Hall 103


  1. Austin Carter, University of California, Irvine
    What does it mean take care of a text? This paper reconsiders Willa Cather’s 1925 edition of Sarah Orne Jewett’s The Country of the Pointed Firs as an instance of queer care, paying particular attention to the spinsterly affects and non-reproductive futurity of its most controversial additions.
  2. Mandy Gutmann-Gonzalez, Temple University
    Cat People can be read read queerly not only because of the tension between Irena and the other cat people (who are all women), but also as it problematizes a woman's "frigidity" in a straight marriage, blurs the animal-human boundary through desire, and criticizes the "normal" American during WWII.
  3. Michaella Gonzalez, California State University, Fresno
    Jamie O’Neill’s 2001 novel At Swim Two Boys works to queer the genre of Irish historical fiction to conflate queer pride with Irish national pride. Exploring the novel’s affective, social and economic relations articulated through both class struggle and desire explore an instance of radical queer politics that confronts the limits of traditional social movements.
  4. Ernesto Arciniega, UCLA
    This paper offers a study of the very first Spanish LGBTQ+ Web series “Lo que surja” (Spain, 2006) in order to explore how LGBTQ+ women are represented within the masculine-dominated LGBTQ+ community and its cultural production. This study aims to answer the following research question: How Spanish LGBTQ Web series are challenging or perpetuating discrimination against LGBTQ+ women?
Session Cancelled: