New: Liverpool Queer Reading Group

New: Liverpool Queer Reading Group

 “As a theoretical perspective, ‘queer’ functions as a verb meaning to trouble, subvert, make strange or perverse – its very invocation, queer scholars routinely explain, ruptures, overturns, blurs and decentres. Queer is about refusal, resistance indeterminacy, and transgression…” - Laura Doan, Disturbing Practices The Liverpool Queer Reading Group is starting this week, and is intended as an interdisciplinary reading group for Liverpool's universities and beyond. The monthly meetings aim to create a space in which members can engage with different theories, theorists and intersections in the field of queer studies. We will meet monthly in the John Foster Building, Liverpool John Moores University. All are welcome to our first session on Thursday 10th March at 5pm, John Foster Room 1.33, in which we will be ‘Introducing Queer Theory’. No preparation is needed as we’ll be discussing (provided) extracts from Maggie Nelson’s book The Argonauts. Just come along, or get in touch if you're interesting in joining: Email: queertheoryliverpool@gmail.com Twitter: @queer_liverpool Blog: https://queerliverpool.wordpress.com/   ...
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Krystina Osborne

Krystina Osborne

Krystina is a PhD student at the Research Centre for Literature and Cultural History. Prior to this, she studied at LJMU for a BA in English, graduating with a First Class Honours degree, and for an MRes in Literature and Cultural History, achieving a Pass with Distinction. Krystina’s MRes thesis was entitled ‘“In the Service of Women”? Developments in Feminism and Female-Authored Erotic Fiction Since the Publication of Angela Carter's The Sadeian Woman’, and focused on authors including Charlotte Roche and Sarah Hall. Her main research interests in contemporary women’s erotic writing and theories of gender and sexuality are reflected in her recent progression to PhD level to conduct research into engagements with female masturbation in contemporary women’s writing and in wider culture, supervised by Dr Kate Houlden and Dr Fiona Tolan. She is currently on the steering group for the Postgraduate Contemporary Women’s Writing Network (PG CWWN) and also works part-time as a bookseller, a role that has intensified her interest...
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Dr Fiona Tolan

I work on contemporary fiction, with a strong emphasis on British and Canadian women's writing. Since completing my PhD (Durham, 2004) on Margaret Atwood and Second Wave Feminism, I've maintained a strong research interest in Atwood's work and recently edited a special issue on Atwood for the journal Contemporary Women's Writing (2017) and am currently writing The Fiction of Margaret Atwood (Palgrave, 2018). My current large research project is a literary cultural analysis of representations of cleaning and housework in post-war women's writing. I use cleaning as a locus for examining intersecting politics of race, gender and class within the public and private spheres. All of this work feeds into my teaching here at LJMU, where I convene the final year module, Post-millennial British Fiction, and teach on Transitions: Writing Between the Wars. I lead the research methods module for MRes students, and I currently supervise PhDs on autoeroticism in contemporary women's writing and punk women's experimental writing of the 1990s....
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