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(Re-en)gendering Intertextuality: Queer pasts and futures (a seminar sponsored by the ICLA Gender Studies Committee)

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Organizer: Tegan Zimmerman

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This seminar seeks to revisit/ reassess one of our discipline’s foundational concepts, intertextuality or intertextualité as Julia Kristeva first conceived it, in the current context of climate crisis, global conflict, backlashes against LGBTQIA+ rights, anti-black racism, and anti-reproductive autonomy, more particularly in literature that engages the past and/or speculates on the future. Looking through a gendered lens, how does intertextuality shape and is (re)shaped by the culture of the postcolonial, decolonial, or anticolonial era? As a tracing of the in-between, how does intertextuality map onto Genette’s concept of transtextuality? How can intertextuality and intersectionality be articulated? How do gendered identities and queer identities negotiate or inform (im)mobility, liminality, conjunction, disjunction, (im)migration, (in)justice, or nomadism when it comes to depicting the past or future? How do texts write back to the canon or reimagine a literary figure, work, or medium, thus contributing to a comparative understanding of gender? What are the political and philosophical implications for a new understanding of intertextuality? In attempting to answer these questions, our seminar welcomes papers exploring the complexity of gender and sexuality in writing that foregrounds old and new (im)possibilities of intertextuality—in a dialogue with a wide range of fields and theories (media studies, reader engagement/response theory, writer-reader theory, border theory, etc.) we seek papers contributing to current debates on gender and sexuality, as well as genre. We are particularly interested in papers that offer experimental and inventive, one might say queer, approaches to reimagining intertextuality/ies so as to envision other modes of being and alternative ways of thinking.      Topics may include but are not limited to the following: Intertextuality, heteroglossia, dialogism Transtextualities, sexual/textual politics Postcolonial, decolonial, anticolonial circulations/connections Hybridity, in-betweenness, (im)migrations, and (im)mobilities (Intertextual) questions of indigeneity, land rights, territories, treaties Counter-narratives/memories or the counter-factual Center/periphery, mainstream/margins                    - Speculative fiction, Science Fiction, Solar Punk             Afro-pessimism, Afro-futurism Anthropocene, Posthumanism, Ecologies, New Materialism Historical Fiction or historiography LGBTQIA+ experiences and social (in)justice Submit abstracts of 250 words by October 31.

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