Seminar 1st March-Rachel Wood:Intelligible sexualities in and out of the closet

On Tuesday 1st March, in Silverstone Building room 317, 1-2pm

Speaker: Rachel Wood (Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sussex)

Intelligible sexualities in and out of the closet

Chair: Andy Medhurst

Abstract: This paper argues that the closet is a constitutive spatial metaphor in lesbian and gay discourse. The contradictions inherant to the inside/outside binary are apparent not only in the discourse of the closet, but also in its material manifestation. The paper traces the changes in the spatial arrangements of lesbian and gay spaces, from spaces that inscribe the secrecy and shame of the closet to those that represent an ‘out’ and proud identity, questioning which bodies can be coded and read as out in out spaces.

 

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