Event: ‘Queer Sisterhoods’ in Contemporary Women’s Writing

A half-day symposium at Queen’s University Belfast.
29th February 2012.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Tina O’Toole

Emma Donoghue’s recent work Inseparable: Desire between Women in Literature seeks to trace the portrayal of female desire from medieval times. Passion has been marked by ‘excess, infraction, deviance. From the very beginnings of literature, women who desire other women tend to rampage across the boundaries of the acceptable’. This half-day symposium seeks to investigate how women interact with other women in contemporary literature. To what extent do friendships between women remain transgressive? How have depictions of female passion changed? How is identity mediated by sexuality?

Topics may include but are by no means limited to:
· Literary relationships between women
· Constructions of femininity
· Censorship and publication
· Transgender and identity politics
· Popular culture and queer theory
· Friendship and desire
· Local and national aspects of sexuality

Abstracts should be sent to cmcgurren01@qub.ac.uk by 10th February 2012.

More details here.

This event is being organised as part of the Postgraduate Contemporary Women’s Writing Network (PG CWWN) ‘Women on Women’ Symposium Series 2012.


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    Sugel said,

    Women of the Hellenistic age were living in times of profound change. The evolution of Hellenistic art and literature, and thus the portrayal of women, should first be examined against the background of changing social, political and economic conditions. When Alexander the Great died in 323 B.C., and in his dying gasp bequeath the empire to the “strongest” he set in motion a turbulent chain of events which culminated in the establishment of new dynasties. The Antigonids, the Seleucids, and the Ptolemies and, finally, the Romans established cities which eclipsed the Hellenic city of Athens. The new cities, especially Alexandria, Pergamon, and Antioch, were cosmopolitan. International trade flourished, and the cities swarmed with people of diverse backgrounds. Diversity, however, led to insecurity.

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