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Lecture: 20th Century Queer Identity through Literature

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality, and Community is a weekly academic lecture and discussion series with guest scholars and community activists from various disciplines examining a variety of topics related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. Each semester offers a broad sampling of the areas.

Today's lecture is entitled, "Says Who?: 20th Century Queer Identity through Literature" and will be presented by Bilal Tajildeen.

Synopsis: This lecture will examine the development of a queer identity by unpacking tropes, metaphors, and references found in literature, particularly at the turn of the 20th century. The goal will be to offer students a perspective on modern topics (e.g., the homosexual agenda, the madness and moroes of LGBTQ folk, lesbians as masculine figures, gay men as free spirited deviants) by tracking the emergence of these ideas..

Biography: Bilal Tajildeen has been a lecturer on queer history and queer literature since 2014, offering classes and facilitating conversations in community centers and older adult institutions around the Greater Waterbury and Lower Naugatuck Valley areas. Currently, he is working on his thesis-track master’s degree in English at CCSU, focusing on the development of queer culture and identity using a Foucauldian approach. He works fulltime as a program coordinator and community organizer at the Connecticut Community Foundation in Waterbury, CT.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.

Contact:

rainbowcenter@uconn.edu

Rainbow Center (primary), English Department, UConn Master Calendar, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

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