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Kathryn Bond Stockton lecture

The Queer Child Now and Its Global Cinematic Effects, Or Who’s Afraid of the Sexual Child?

featuring Kathryn Bond Stockton

Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
Building: Caroline Richardson Building, Anna Many Lounge, 2nd Floor
Location: uptown campus

A lecture by Professor Kathryn Bond Stockton, Wednesday 19 February, 6:00PM

Anna Many Lounge, 2nd Floor, Caroline Richardson Building

 

The Queer Child Now and Its Global Cinematic Effects, Or Who’s Afraid of the Sexual Child?

 

What is the figure of the ghostly “gay” child? How has it been changing, conceptually and politically, in our current century? Has its ghostly specificity subsided? Engaging these questions, this talk speculates on something that’s been surfacing in Anglo American public culture over the last eight years or so. A future the public fears is coming—child sexuality—evidenced by sexting, “gay” kids in middle school, and sexual bullying—is now accompanying exportation of a fading child (the figure of the innocent child) to other lands, where it seems available to be rediscovered. Quite paradoxically, aesthetics of world documentaries on the-child-in-peril-in-the-third-world (a genre enjoying conspicuous success on the art-film circuit in the U.S.) may be “restoring” the Western-style innocent child through, of all things, the sexualized, racialized, “HIV child.” What explains this odd development? Moreover, how does literature, especially experimental literary form, run against this fray? These are the questions addressed in this talk via the films Born into Brothels, I Am Because We Are, War Dance, and Precious and the novels Beloved and PUSH.

 

Kathryn Bond Stockton is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Utah, where she teaches queer theory, theories of race, the nineteenth-century novel, and twentieth-century literature and film.  Her most recent books, Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame: Where “Black” Meets “Queer” and The Queer Child, or Growing Sideways in the Twentieth Century, published by Duke University Press, were both finalists for the Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Studies (2007 and 2010), and she has also authored God between Their Lips: Desire between Women in Irigaray, Bronte, and Eliot (Stanford University Press).  Stockton has received the Crompton-Noll Prize, awarded by the Modern Language Association, for the best essay in gay and lesbian studies and, in 2011, she taught at Cornell University’s School of Criticism and Theory, where she led a seminar on “Sexuality and Childhood in a Global Frame: Queer Theory and Beyond.”

 

A reception with Professor Stockton is scheduled for 5:30 in the Anna Many Lounge, 2nd Floor, Caroline Richardson Building, Tulane University Uptown Campus

 

For more information, email Professor Michele White at michele@tulane.edu.

 

This event is supported by NCI, NCCROW, and the Silverstein Fund.

 

 

Sponsored by: Newcomb College InstituteCommunication Department

Admission: Free
Attendance: Open to the public
Open to: Alumni, Faculty, Graduate students, Parents, Prospective undergrads, Staff, Undergraduates, Visitors

Tickets: Not required

For more information contact Michele White via email to michele@tulane.edu






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