Ben Davies, Jana Funke (eds.)
Sex, gender and time in fiction and culture
Palgrave Macmillan, New York
2011, 240 pp. ISBN: 9780230275478
Examining modern art, literature, film, theory and the law, Sex, Gender and Time in Fiction and Culture challenges the division of straight and queer temporalities. It problematises reductive understandings of straight and queer time, moving beyond the equation of straight time with heterosexuality and queer time with non-normative sexuality. The collection shows how queer subjects can be said to participate in straight time and explores the queer temporalities of heterosexual existence. Investigating innovative uses of time, sexual practices and desire, it demonstrates how queer and straight time intersect in complex and sometimes unexpected ways, calling for a radical rethinking of these categories. Exploring The time of dance, a 1921 film version of Hamlet, the hymen, intersex and transgender discourse, lyrical history and works by contemporary writers like Ian McEwan and Jeanette Winterson, this collection opens up new ways of thinking time, sex and gender.
List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Sexual Temporalities, B.Davies & J.Funke
PART I: BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS: NEGOTIATING HISTORY AND FUTURITY
Queer Medieval Time in Hamlet (1921); B.Bildhauer
No Present; S.Guy-Bray
History's Tears; M.O'Rourke
Jeanette Winterson's Love Intervention: Rethinking the Future; A.Rine
PART II: IN AND OUT OF TIME: SEXUAL PRACTICES, SEXUAL IDENTITIES
Hymenal Exceptionality; B.Davies
Time for the Gift of Dance; S.Dillon
The Case of Karl M.[artha] Baer: Narrating 'Uncertain' Sex; J.Funke
Transgender Temporalities and the UK Gender Recognition Act; E.Grabham
PART III: (UN)BECOMING: NEGATIVITY, DEATH AND EXTINCTION
Unbecoming: Queer Negativity/Radical Passivity; J.Halberstam
Difference, Time and Organic Extinction; C.Colebrook
Busy Dying; V.Rohy
Ben Davies PhD candidate and teaching assistant in the School of English, University of St Andrews, UK.
Jana Funke Associate Research Fellow at the Centre for Medical History, University of Exeter, UK.