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Hiding in Plain Sight: Queerness, Publicity, and Privacy

The increasing visibility queerness enjoyed in the 20th century gave rise to complex dynamics of publicity and privacy, many of which have only begun to receive critical attention relatively recently -- a phenomenon that, itself, belongs to those same dynamics. From Hart Crane and Frank O’Hara deploying the verbal codes of queer cruising to Virginia Woolf and Djuna Barnes more frankly articulating same-sex desire, modernist writing is rife with queerness, often hiding in plain sight. This panel will examine the modern confluence of queer visibility and invisibility: how do writers in the period navigate these waters, and how can critics best approach them? What are the consequences, for the works and their authors, of risking visibility in this era, and what are the risks (or rewards) of invisibility? How does queer modernism offer alternative configurations -- overlaps, identity, oblique relationships -- for these ostensible opposites? What do queer texts from the first half of the century offer to critics and practitioners today?

Send an abstract and brief bio note to victoria.brockmeier@gmail.com by May 1, and feel free to write with any questions.

Conference Location: Pittsburgh, USA
Conference Starts: November 06, 2014
Conference Ends: November 09, 2014

CFP Submission Deadline: May 04, 2014

For more information, contact: Victoria Brockmeier

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