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Launch party for “Queer Others in Victorian Gothic”
Thursday, May 10, 2012 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Celebrate the release of “Queer Others in Victorian Gothic: Transgressing Monstrosity” with local author Ardel Haefele-Thomas
THURSDAY MAY 10th: 7pm
Modern Times Bookstore Collective
2919 24th St (@ Alabama)
San Francisco CA
In “Queer Others in Victorian Gothic,” Ardel Haefele-Thomas examines a number of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Gothic novels, short stories, and films through the lens of queer cultural studies. In some of these works, as Haefele-Thomas demonstrates, the author or filmmaker fully intended to explore the complicated landscape of queer sexuality and gender identity. In most, however, the author or filmmaker’s intentions are unclear. Haefele-Thomas takes on these works, first employing “queer” in its nineteenth-century historical context, to point to their generally weird, odd, or ill components. She then explores them using “queer” in the complex and politically charged context from the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.
Haefele-Thomas argues that part of what makes these texts Gothic are their covert queer content. She also reveals that queer theory–lacking the gender specificity found in gay and lesbian theories and historiographies–allows room to convey gender, sexuality, race, class, and familial structures in a specific state of anti-categorization. “Queers Others in Victorian Gothic” will appeal to anyone interested in the intersection of gender, sexuality, and literary criticism.