Special section: Sex, pleasure and coercion at the fin de siècle

From Feminist Theory

The papers collected in this special section were delivered at a multidisciplinary conference, Taking Liberties: Sex, Pleasure and Coercion, 1748–1928, held at Newcastle University in June 2012. The conference sought to give complexity to our understanding of the historical relation between sex, pleasure and coercion in a cultural context, taking literature, performance and the visual arts as its primary materials. All four of the essays in this Special Section demonstrate the ways in which fin-de-sie`cle culture – texts, objects and scenes – can provide a vantage point from which to question our own assumptions about what constitutes sex, pleasure and coercion and the relation between them. At times, answering those questions might require us to acknowledge our shared complicity and also (to turn Wilde’s epigram around) to grasp that sometimes it is the spectator who mirrors art.

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Jennifer C. Nash
Feminist originalism: Intersectionality and the politics of reading
Feminist Theory April 2016 17: 3-20, first published on December 24, 2015 doi:10.1177/1464700115620864

 

 

     
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