Close reading and queer reputation-building

Chair: Professor Kate Chedgzoy (Newcastle University)

Speakers:

Kit Heyam (PhD student, School of English, University of Leeds) – Reading sodomy in the historiography of Edward II

Sophie Stringfellow (PhD student, University of Manchester) – Performing the Closet in Henry James’s ‘The Beast in the Jungle’

Het Phillips (PhD student, University of Birmingham) – Close Ups and Close Readings: True Crime and the Construction of Queer Deviance

This panel seeks to spark discussion about the contribution of English as a discipline to the field of sexuality and gender studies. In particular, it will explore the potential of close reading as a fruitful and often necessary tool for scholars working in this area.

Wednesday 5th July, 5.00