Reading Gender and Sexuality Pre-1880
a cross-period lecture series
Hilary Term 2013
2pm Wednesdays – Weeks 1-8 – Seminar Room K
Oxford University Faculty of English, Manor Rd, Oxford
Crossing period and national boundaries, this lecture series will introduce the pleasures and dangers of reading pre-twentieth century literature through a queer-studies and gender-studies lens.
1st Week, 16th January, Sophie Duncan
“The Reinvention of Love”:
or, why the Victorians didn’t think Oscar Wilde was built that way
2nd Week, 23rd January, Emma Smith
The Room in the Elephant: Shakespeare and Sexuality Again
3rd Week, 30th January, Bronwyn Johnston
Gendering Magic: Male Witches and Female Magicians on the Early Modern Stage
4th Week, 6th February, Anna Camilleri
Que(e)rying Poetics from Pope to Byron, or, Doing Boys Like They’re Girls and Girls Like They’re Boys in the Long Eighteenth Century
5th Week, 13th February, Liv Robinson
Reading Gender in the Romance of the Rose
6th Week, 20th February, Daniel Thomas
Belocen on ecnysse: the spatialization of gender in Old English literature
7th Week, 27th February, Anna Caughey
Blood, Sweat and Tears: Chivalry and Masculinity
8th Week, 6th March, Naomi Wolf, title TBA*
* please note that in Week 8, lecture will take place in Lecture Theatre 2.
Building on the success of last year’s Before Oscar lecture series, we’re back in 2013 – now with added Emma Smith and Naomi Wolf. I hope to see many of you there (you may have noticed that I’m first up, this coming Wednesday…).
Dr Sophie Duncan is Fellow in English at Christ Church, University of Oxford. She works regularly as a historical advisor and as a dramaturg for theatre, TV, radio and film. She likes theatre, detective fiction and cocktails.