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Alberta seduces Harry Alberta is a trans- person Harry is good, giving, and game Harry’s initial reaction is quickly overcome he learns how to have anal sex that is, he learns how to perform at odds with traditional masculinity and with traditional heterosexuality

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Last exit to brooklyn redux

Alberta seduces Harry

Alberta is a trans- person

Harry is good, giving, and game

Harry’s initial reaction is quickly overcome

he learns how to have anal sex

that is, he learns how to perform

at odds with traditional masculinity

and with traditional heterosexuality

there are just bodies and pleasures*

Last Exit to Brooklyn (redux)

*obligatory nod to Michel Foucault


Judith butler

prominent gender theorist

Gender Trouble (1990)

Bodies that Matter (1993)

most famous for theory of PERFORMATIVITY

gender is performed according to pre-existing conventions

it is always a repetition without an original

Judith Butler


From my secret life from fanny hill from ulysses from the conservationist my subway lover

from My Secret Life

from Fanny Hill

from Ulysses

from The Conservationist

“My Subway Lover”

Surprise! Voyeurism, Anonymity, the Unexpected





From my secret life c 1890

  • anonymous text, late nineteenth century (c. 1890s)

  • written by “Walter”

  • 11 volume account of his sexual adventures

  • Aestheticism | Decadence

  • In this excerpt: Surprise Sex!

  • Setting – where are we?

  • Action – what happens?

  • Point of view – who tells it/narrates?

  • What of the reader?

    • how is the reader produced or constructed?

    • what’s the role of the reader in the situation?

from My Secret Lifec. 1890


From fanny hill john cleland c 1748

  • Cleland

    • journalist and novelist

    • well educated

    • Fanny Hill sells well but he earns little

    • gets charged with indecency

    • novel again challenged 1963

  • Fanny Hill

    • a woman of pleasure

    • a libertine

    • pre-Revolutionary France – good times

    • a licentious woman for a change

    • a sexual adventurer

from Fanny HillJohn Cleland (c. 1748)

from the 2007 film version


From fanny hill john cleland c 17481

  • In this excerpt – Voyeurism

  • Setting

    • where are we?

    • how does the setting reflect or conflict with the action?

  • Action

    • what happens?

    • how do the different lines of action relate?

  • Point of view

    • who tells it/narrates?

    • what’s the tone, vocabulary, diction?

  • What of the reader?

    • how is the reader produced or constructed?

    • what’s the role of the reader in the situation?

from Fanny HillJohn Cleland (c. 1748)


From the conservationist nadine gordimer 1974

  • South African writer

  • Nobel Prize 1991

  • The Conservationist shared the Man Booker prize

  • The Conservationist

    • rich white businessman

    • wife leaves him

    • no one understands him

    • son is critical and gay

    • he buys a farm in the bush

    • body turns up on farm

    • burned and buried

    • flood uncovers it

    • he’s haunted by it

    • proper burial

from The ConservationistNadine Gordimer (1974)


From the conservationist nadine gordimer 19741

  • In this excerpt: Anonymity

  • race, class, species, generation, land | alterity = taboo

  • family – mama and two sisters – where is the father?

  • innuendo, approach

  • language of gesture and touch – “who spoke first?”

  • surveillance | exchange | communication

  • switch of point of view – “He” to “I” – then back again

    • what happens here? how can we understand this?

    • how does it either reinforce or undermine the eroticism?

  • awkward realism – tacky skin, dampness, hairiness, silkiness, heat

from The ConservationistNadine Gordimer (1974)


From the conservationist nadine gordimer 19742

  • Utopia | Fantasy | Risk

  • utopia

    • Gk.: outopia= no place

    • Gk.: eutopia= good place

  • out of time

  • out of place

  • this happens now here

  • this happens nowhere

  • this happens no time

  • And then they land

    • RISK realized

    • fantasy broken

from The ConservationistNadine Gordimer (1974)


My subway lover wanda honn 1987
My Subway Lover – Wanda Honn (1987)

  • another utopian fantasy

  • in transit again

  • no place, no time

  • Heisenberg’s Principle

Werner Heisenberg


My subway lover wanda honn 19871
My Subway Lover – Wanda Honn (1987)

  • another utopian fantasy

  • in transit again – no place, no time

  • the train = conventionally phallic


My subway lover wanda honn 19872
My Subway Lover – Wanda Honn (1987)

  • another utopian fantasy

  • in transit again – no place, no time

  • the train = conventionally phallic

  • anonymity


My subway lover wanda honn 19873
My Subway Lover – Wanda Honn (1987)

  • another utopian fantasy

  • in transit again – no place, no time

  • the train = conventionally phallic

  • anonymity | the crowd


My subway lover wanda honn 19874
My Subway Lover – Wanda Honn (1987)

  • another utopian fantasy

  • in transit again – no place, no time

  • the train = conventionally phallic

  • anonymity | the crowd | intimacy in public


My subway lover wanda honn 19875
My Subway Lover – Wanda Honn (1987)

  • another utopian fantasy

  • in transit again – no place, no time

  • the train = conventionally phallic

  • anonymity | the crowd | intimacy in public

  • taboo | risk of discovery

  • excitement, enticement, tension and

  • RELEASE “from the confinements of my sexual desire”


My subway lover wanda honn 19876
My Subway Lover – Wanda Honn (1987)

  • and the lover is pure fantasy:


My subway lover wanda honn 19877
My Subway Lover – Wanda Honn (1987)

  • and the lover is pure fantasy:

    • beautiful


My subway lover wanda honn 19878
My Subway Lover – Wanda Honn (1987)

  • and the lover is pure fantasy:

    • beautiful

    • skilled

  • available


My subway lover wanda honn 19879
My Subway Lover – Wanda Honn (1987)

  • and the lover is pure fantasy:

    • beautiful

    • skilled

  • available

  • anonymous


Nausicaa from ulysses james joyce 1922
Nausicaa” from Ulysses– James Joyce (1922)

  • James Joyce – 1882-1941

    • Irish writer

    • perhaps the greatest of 2othC

    • Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Dubliners, Ulysses, Finnegans Wake

    • stream of consciousness, everyday, profane


Nausicaa from ulysses james joyce 19221
Nausicaa” from Ulysses– James Joyce (1922)

  • Homer’s Odyssey (about 500 BCE)

    • story of Odysseus

This Homer

NOT this Homer


Nausicaa from ulysses james joyce 19222
Nausicaa” from Ulysses– James Joyce (1922)

  • Odysseus meets Nausicaa

  • nymph

  • on the beach

  • bathing with friends

  • O is embarrassed

  • she takes him in

  • he “dallies”

  • for a few years

  • then heads “home”


Nausicaa from ulysses james joyce 19223
Nausicaa” from Ulysses– James Joyce (1922)

  • In Ulysses Joyce makes this mundane and exposes the likely reality

  • Nausicaa becomes Gerty McDowell

  • Odysseus becomes Bloom

  • the heroic story becomes everyday reality

  • sordid, debased

  • in place of the mythic we get

    • women’s magazines and

    • advertising

from “Ulysses ‘Seen’”


Nausicaa from ulysses james joyce 19224
Nausicaa” from Ulysses– James Joyce (1922)


Nausicaa from ulysses james joyce 19225
Nausicaa” from Ulysses– James Joyce (1922)


Next week
Next Week:

  • from Life and Loves [Harris]

  • “La Batarde”

  • begin The Piano Teacher


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