113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Literature

Session Chair: 
Sally McWilliams, Portland State University
Session 6: Saturday 8:30-10:00am
Directors Suite (PH-ET)


  1. Alissa Magorian, University of California at Davis
    The overlapping themes of body, food, the erotic and language in Audre Lorde’s self-proclaimed “biomythography” Zami: A New Spelling of My Name and Jeanette Winterson’s Written on the Body offer a fertile ground from which to explore the relationship between sexuality and gendered identity.
  2. Jesse Ataide, San Francisco State University
    “What kind of discoveries are made possible when two gay men confront each other” Christopher Hennessy asks, “with the acknowledgment of a shared sexual desire lurking there?” This paper considers how encoded queer content in Charles Henri Ford and Parker Tyler’s 1933 novel The Young and Evil reflects a strategy of “cooperative discourse” that compels a reconsideration of not only the concept of authorship, but also how friendship, intimacy, and creative cooperation can function between queer men.
  3. Danielle Seid, University of Oregon
    This paper offers a critique of previous interpretations of David Henry Hwang’s Tony award-winning play M. Butterfly. By centering the play’s Asian trans femme, Song Liling, I expound on an Asian/American trans reading practice that combines historical and deconstructive modes to emphasize trans erotic agency and resistance to U.S. empire.
Session Cancelled: