Aug 21

V21 Collective Summer Reading Group – Sex

August 21, 2018

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

V21 is delighted to announce our fourth (!) annual Summer Reading Group series. This year’s topics are Work, Blackness, and Sex.  As is traditional for our summer syllabi, each cluster mixes primary Victorian, secondary critical, and theoretical/philosophical texts.

The Chicago area group will meet June 21, July 20, and August 21, 3pm-5pm at the DePaul Library Rosati Room.

Join us in person or host one in your region!  Satellite groups are worldwide!  Use the 21 date or any day that works!  Interested parties for whom travel would be required for in-person groups are also encouraged to use Zoom.

We’ll gladly advertise satellite groups here and through twitter.  If you want to host a group and aren’t sure with whom you might collaborate, we can help facilitate connections.  Satellite groups are welcome to use our syllabus from this year, from  2017,  20162015, or from your own desires.

Use #v21summer for discussion prompts and simul-reading.

Contact us for details on satellites in locations such as:

Ann Arbor, MI
Ithaca, NY
NY, NY
Washington, DC
Philly, PA
Seattle, WA
Nashville, TN
LA, CA
Tucson, AZ
Hamilton, Ontario
London, England

2018 SYLLABUS:

(write v21collective at gmail for PDFs of the readings)

 

SEX (AUG 21)
What are the challenges and opportunities of aesthetically representing sex?  Do these challenges change across media, genres, centuries?  What distinguishes erotic aesthetics from pornography?  How does Victorian expertise specifically contribute pedagogically, theoretically, and politically to #metoo?  How do groundbreaking works of queer theory such as Sedgwick’s read upon their 25th anniversary?  What is the place of queer theory in Victorian studies today?

Swinburne, “Anactoria”
Danny Wright, Bad Logic: Reasoning about Desire in the Victorian Novel Intro
Eve Sedgwick, “Jane Austen and the Masturbating Girl”; “Queer& Now”

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Date posted

May 24, 2018

Date updated

Jul 25, 2018