Envisioning a Feminist and Queer South | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
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Envisioning a Feminist and Queer South

February 21, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

501 Cathedral of Learning

Lecture by Jaime Harker (University of Mississippi)

In “Envisioning a Feminist and Queer South,” Jaime Harker will discuss material from her recently published book, The Lesbian South: Southern Feminists, the Women in Print Movement, and the Queer Literary Canon (University of North Carolina Press), which looks at how the Women in Print movement revolutionized the US South as a site of “intersectional radicalism, transgressive sexuality, and liberatory space.” Harker will connect her archival research and literary readings to her own community activism: her involvement in the first Pride Parade in Oxford, Mississippi and opening of Violet Valley, a queer independent bookstore in the small town of Water Valley. Join us for this talk, followed by a discussion of how publicly engaged scholarship can help bring about change in our communities. 

Copies of her book will be available for purchase. Everyone is welcome to bring books for donation to Violet Valley

Jaime Harker is professor of English and the director of the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies at the University of Mississippi, where she teaches American literature, LGBTQ literature, and gender studies. She has published essays on Japanese translation, popular women writers of the interwar period, Oprah’s book club, William Faulkner, Cold War gay literature, and women’s liberation and gay liberation literature. She is the author of The Lesbian South: Southern Feminists, the Women in Print Movement, and the Queer Literary CanonAmerica the Middlebrow: Women’s Novels, Progressivism; and Middlebrow Authorship Between the Wars andMiddlebrow Queer: Christopher Isherwood in America, and the co-editor of The Oprah Affect: Critical Essays on Oprah’s Book Club1960s Gay Pulp Fiction: The Misplaced HeritageThis Book Is an Action: Feminist Print Culture and Activist Aesthetics, and Faulkner and Print Culture

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