1st Edition

Reading Literature and Theory at the Intersections of Queer and Class Class Notes and Queer-ies

    144 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Reading Literature and Theory at the Intersections of Queer and Class focuses on the crossover of queer and class, examining a range of texts across languages and genres and spanning nearly a century.

    This collection of essays considers the intersection of queer and class in relation to literary aesthetics, a locus in which the interaction between sexuality and class is rendered with lucidity. Each chapter puts forward class and its manifestations as central to queer analysis of literary and cultural texts in historical and contemporary contexts. The readings adopt Kimberlé Crenshaw’s intersectional paradigm by pointing to its activist as well as literary precedents and elaborations.

    These essays emerged from a long-standing collaboration among three Central European universities whose faculty and graduate students established a joint queer literature and theory research seminar. They are supplemented by a roundtable discussion in which the contributing authors and their colleagues discuss their interest in the overlap between queer and class in theory and academic practice.

    Reading Literature and Theory at the Intersections of Queer and Class is intended for scholars in gender and queer studies.

    List of Figures

    List of Contributors

    Preface and Acknowledgements

     

    Introduction

    Maria Alexopoulos, Tomasz Basiuk, Susanne Hochreiter, and Tijana Ristic Kern

    Chapter 1: “and they would scream Revolution!” | radical lesbian class action in 1970s feminist manifestos and Michelle Tea’s Valencia

    Maria Alexopoulos, Krystyna Mazur, and Tijana Ristic Kern

     

    Chapter 2: “Contact – however brief – outside the prison of my class is what I still desire.”  Interclass sexual contact in personal essays by Bruce Benderson and Samuel R. Delany

    Tomasz Basiuk

     

    Chapter 3: Empowering Aesthetics: Queer Temporalities and Precarious Existence in Isabel Waidner’s Novels

    Eveline Kilian

     

    Chapter 4: About Worlds and Words – Habitus and Precariousness in Annie Ernaux’s A Woman’s Story

    Naomi Lobnig and Julia Lingl

     

    Chapter 5: Happy Little People: Class, Gender, and Sexuality in Hans Fallada’s  Kleiner Mann – was nun? and Kristine Bilkau’s Die Glücklichen

    Susanne Hochreiter

     

    Chapter 6: Queering Dark Academia

    Anna Kurowicka

     

    Chapter 7: Roundtable: Queer and Class in Theory and (Academic) Practice

    Tamara Radak (convener), Maria Alexopoulos, Tomasz Basiuk, Susanne Hochreiter, Eveline Kilian, Karolina Krasuska, Anna Kurowicka, Ludmiła Janion, Julia Lingl, Krystyna Mazur, Tijana Ristic Kern

     

    Index

    Biography

    Maria Alexopoulos teaches English and Cultural Studies at the University of British Columbia, Canada, where she researches queer and feminist theory and the politics and representation of feminine adolescence.

    Tomasz Basiuk is Professor of American Studies at the University of Warsaw, Poland, whose current focus is on queer studies.

    Susanne Hochreiter is Assistant Professor of German Studies at the University of Vienna, Austria, whose current focus is on gender and queer studies.

    Tijana Ristic Kern works at the Department of English and American Studies at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany, where she researches aesthetics and politics of queer hybrid life writing in twentieth-century British and American writing.