Manufacturing Hysteria: The Import of U.S. Abortion Rhetorics to Poland

Dec. 1, 2010

[1] When I first heard about the Post Abortion Syndrome (also known as Post Abortion Stress Syndrome) as a strategy used by American anti-choicers, I did not give it much thought. There were by far greater issues to worry about in my own backyard. Poland, the Central European state where...

Getting The Girl: Wittig and Zeig’s Trojan Horse

Nov. 1, 2010

Introduction: Situating Monique Wittig [1] Following Monique Wittig’s sudden death in 2003 there has been a flurry of criticism paying homage to the importance of her work, rightly situating it as a crucial contribution to gender and sexuality studies. In 2007 GLQ produced a special issue entitled “Monique Wittig: At...

You Have Not What You Ought: Gender and Corporeal Intelligibility in Henry Fielding’s The Female Husband

Oct. 1, 2010

[1] Eighteenth-century court records and periodicals provide glimpses of the bodies of women who cross-dressed and married other women, the so-called female husbands whose bodies challenged emergent categories of sex, gender, and sexuality. Mary East, a woman who identified herself as James How for most of her adult life, lived...

Boys and Girls Come Out to Play: Gender and Music-Making in Hamilton, New Zealand/Aotearoa

Sept. 1, 2010

[1] This article addresses gender and popular music-making in the city of Hamilton, New Zealand, a moderately prosperous provincial city (population 130,000) which services a large rural sector (the Waikato). Starting from the observation that few women enroll in tertiary commercial music courses in Hamilton, I aim to examine both...

Jocasta and the Rebirth of Matriarchy: Embodied Spectatorship in Margaret Oliphant’s “The Portrait”

Aug. 1, 2010

[1] Although a prolific professional writer and perennial breadwinner for a large household, Margaret Oliphant (1828-1897) has not been easily claimed as a proto-feminist. Her tremendous industry and independence stand in contrast to the conservative critiques she sometimes published in her frequent contributions to Blackwood’s Magazine, such as “The Anti-Marriage...

Everybody Has a Mammy: The Productive Discomfort of Louise Beavers’ Movie Maids

July 2, 2010

Oh, my God. Oh, my God. I’m sorry. This moment is so much bigger than me. This moment is for Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll. It’s for the women that stand beside me, Jada Pinkett, Angela Bassett, Vivica Fox. And it’s for every nameless, faceless woman of color that...

Gender as the Next Top Model of Global Consumer-Citizenship

June 1, 2010

[1] At first she looks like a transient, slouching in an alley. Her hair is disheveled, her face dirty, and her clothing in disarray. But the sudden flashing of a photographer’s bulb suggests otherwise. The Manhattan alley in which she poses looks too clean and the people ambling by her...

“I Really Must Be an Emma Bovary”: Female Literacy and Adultery in Feminist Fiction

May 1, 2010

[1] Feminist fiction emerged in both the United States and Great Britain during the height of the second wave feminist movement, marking its entrance with demands for female autonomy, sexual and reproductive freedom, and a cautionary perspective on institutionalized heterosexuality. While feminist activists were at the same time encouraging a...

The Englishman in America: Masculinity in Love and Death on Long Island and Father of Frankenstein

April 1, 2010

[1] On 27 March 1995 Nigel Hawthorne did not win a Best Actor Oscar for his role as George III in Nicolas Hynter’s The Madness of King George (1994). In an interview with the American magazine The Advocate a week earlier, he had discussed his openness about his homosexuality and...

Bar and Dog Collar: Commodity, Subculture, and Narrative in Jane DeLynn

March 1, 2010

[1] The author of five novels (the first of which was published in 1978) and numerous stories, essays, and articles, Jane DeLynn has had a respectable, if not prolific, literary career. She has attracted little critical attention, however, even in the specialized field of queer literary scholarship—three of her novels,...

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