Tendencies at Twenty
The University of York, Thursday 14 February 2013

Symposium Program and Papers
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To celebrate queer history month, Valentine’s Day, and the 20th anniversary of the publication, in 1993, of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s groundbreaking queer-theoretical text Tendencies, the Centre for Modern Studies hosted an inter-disciplinary symposium where 12 diverse scholars each offered a short position paper on a chapter from the book, before a roundtable discussion at the end of the day. 

Welcome and Introduction

Queer Tutelage, chaired by Jason Edwards
Jason Edwards (University of York), ‘T Times & Queer and Now’
Nicole Devarenne (University of Dundee), ‘Privilege of Unknowing: Diderot’s The Nun
Ben Nichols (King’s College London), ‘Tales of the Avunculate: The Importance of Being Earnest
Denis Flannery (University of Leeds), ‘Is the Rectum Straight?: Identification and Identity in The Wings of the Dove

Crossing of Discourses, chaired by Claire Westall
Izzy Isgate (University of York), ‘Jane Austen and the Masturbating Girl’
Helen Finch (University of Leeds), ‘Nationalisms and Sexualities’
Robert Mills (University College London), ‘How to Bring Your Kids Up Gay: The War on Effeminate Boys’
Alex Beaumont (University of York), ‘Epidemics of the Will’

Across Genders, Across Sexualities, chaired by Jo Applin
Pam Thurschwell (University of Sussex),‘Willa Cather and Others’
Angus Brown (Oxford University), ‘A Poem Is Being Written’ (added for online presentation)
James Boaden (University of York), ‘Divinity: A Dossier, A Performance Piece, A Little Understood Emotion (written with Michael Moon)’
Sarah Monks (University of East Anglia), ‘White Glasses’ & ‘Memorial for Craig Owens’

Round Table, chaired by Jason Edwards and Carol Mavor
(audio recording in preparation)