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>Subject: CFP: Desire and Queer Genders in the 
>Early Twentieth-Century (5/1/07; MSA, 
>11/1/07-11/4/07)
>From: "Chris Coffman" <[log in to unmask]>
>
>As recent work in transgender studies by scholars such as Judith
>Halberstam (Female Masculinity and In a Queer Time and Place) and Jay
>Prosser (Second Skins) has shown, the category of gender has become
>especially productive for queer scholarship on early twentieth-century
>literature.  While Diana Fuss (Identification Papers) and others have
>explored the way in which identification, understood in psychoanalytic
>terms, confounds the project of staking claim to identities, there has
>been little work in queer theory that has sought to understand the
>difficulties that desire poses for that same project.  Accustomed to
>thinking of the subject in a Freudian manneróas formed by the history of
>his or her identificationsówe have come, in turn, to consider gender to be
>the product of identification alone.  What this occludes is the
>possibility that desire--whether our own or that of our objects of
>desire--might have as much of a pull as identification on our relationship
>to gender, and, as such, be fraught with difficulties that urgently demand
>our attention.
>
>I seek one more panelist to join a panel that I am proposing for the
>Modernist Studies Associationís conference in Long Beach, CA (November
>1-4, 2007).  The proposal already features papers on Woolfís Orlando and
>H.D.ís Paint It Today, and I am soliciting an additional paper that
>considers early twentieth-century figurations of queer gender identities
>in tandem with the concept of desire.  What pull does desire have on
>gender?  Please send a 250-word abstract of your paperónot the paper
>itselfóto me by May 1 at [log in to unmask]
>
>All scholars submitting abstracts will be notified by May 15 about whether
>their papers have been included in my proposal.
>
>Chris Coffman, Ph.D.
>Assistant Professor of English
>University of Alaska Fairbanks
>

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