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The Problem of Modern Pederasty in Queer History

A Case Study of Norman Douglas

Rachel Hope Cleves

In a December 2018 state-of-the-field essay titled “The Power of Queer History,” Regina Kunzel itemizes all the ways in which recent scholarship has highlighted sexuality's function as a conduit of power. Her survey, which focuses on US history

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Amanda H. Littauer

communities. 5 Historiographical interpretation of modern intergenerational same-sex relationships is quite limited, even with regard to boys, men, and/or assigned-male-at-birth queer and trans people, for whom there is considerably more documentation than for

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Queering masculinity

Re-Theorising Contemporary Tomboyism in the Schizoid Space of Innocent/Heterosexualized Young Femininities

Emma Renold

This article critically explores the seduction of contemporary tomboyism for young tweenage girls within neo-liberal postfeminist times and an increasingly commodified (hetero)sexualised girlhood culture. A central aim of the article is to contextualize the persistence of the tomboy discourse and girls' appropriation of tomboyism within competing schizoid discourses of presumed innocence and compulsory normative (hetero)sexuality. Drawing on past and current predominantly UK based ethnographic research mapping girls' relationship to tomboyism, the first half of the article considers how to theorise girls' fluid appropriation of 'being a bit tomboy' within a discursive terrain of multiple femininities and fashion feminism. The second half of the article revisits a case study of one eleven-year-old self-identified tomboy, Eric/a, to re-think conceptualisations of girls' sustained appropriation of 'tomboy' as more than some licensed mimicry of masculinity when it is taken-up as a performative politics of subverting emphasized (hetero)sexualized femininities. The article concludes with a call for future theorizations of girlhood (for example, tomboyism) that foreground the intersection of gender, sex, sexuality, age and time and their socio-cultural and contextual contingency.

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David A. B. Murray

In this paper I want to trace how and why The Invention of Culture (IOC) has resonated strongly throughout my encounters with anthropological theory and fieldsite experiences in the Caribbean. I briefly outline how some of its key analytical arguments about the meanings and applications of the ‘culture’ concept can be productively compared and applied to what at first glance might appear to be quite unrelated ‘new’ theoretical models about gender and sexuality, particularly Judith Butler’s ‘performative’ approach, more than twenty-five years after its initial publication.

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Toward a Queer Sinofuturism

Ari Heinrich, Howard Chiang, and Ta-wei Chi

of it. We've become the sign of it, the backdrop to it, and the style manual for it. — Aimee Bahng (2018) This special issue on “Queer Sinofuturisms” aims to explore how artists and writers working across various media in Sinophone contexts use

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Freak Temporality

Female Adolescence in the Novels of Carson McCullers

Alison Sperling

throughout, the non-normative bodies that populate McCullers’s fiction—the queers, the freaks, the “deaf-mutes,” the “dwarf” and the “giant” (463), the drunk, the sick, the half-blind, and, I will add, the awkward female adolescent—are not mere symbol(s) of

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The New Imitation Game

The Queer Sinitic Potentialities of Internet Romance Games

Carlos Rojas

nature, invites an exploration of an array of queer potentialities, wherein the inherent fluidity of gender assignments and attendant sexual orientations works in tension with the more limited understanding of gender and sexuality that characterizes the

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Voicing Pride and Futurity in the Age of A.I.

An Interview with Playwright Pao-Chang Tsai on Solo Date

Jing Chen and Pao-Chang Tsai

between Ho Nien and Alain in the underworld, alluding to an alternative space to imagine the future. Through the lens of queer articulation in a Sinophone context, Solo Date embodies the discursive practices of “Queer Sinofuturisms” pointed to by Ari

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Theorizing “The Plunge”

(Queer) Girls’ Adolescence, Risk, and Subjectivity in Blue is the Warmest Color

Michelle Miller

the text negotiating her anxiety—both positive and negative—regarding the queer future she comes to want despite her awareness of the social and familial consequences this future would hold. The story is told primarily through Clem’s diary entries

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Looking for Something to Signify

Something to Signify Gender Performance and Cuban Masculinity in Viva

David Yagüe González

different disciplines: feminist theory, gender theory, and queer studies, among others. Each of them with a different agendas, they deal with gender and sexuality from a variety of points of view, trying to understand the power dynamics between genders