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Le Moyne College Hosts Talk on the Origin of the Modern Subject of Same-Sex Desire

<p>SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … It is generally agreed that the modern subject of same-sexuality emerged in the second half of 19th century, when the neologism “homosexual” was coined in Germany. According to author Michel Foucault in “The History of Sexuality,” the emergence of that term resulted from a tendency to classify and categorize the human experience in order to control and regulate it. <br /> <br /> Michael Davis, associate professor of English at Le Moyne College, will reveal a slightly different story about the origin of the modern subject of same-sexuality on Wednesday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. in 137 Grewen Hall. His talk is titled “The Medusa’s Head: A Theoretical Inquiry into the Origin of the Modern Subject of Same-Sex Desire.”<br /> <br /> In particular, Davis will look at the positive efforts of British cultural theorist Walter Pater to articulate the terms of a queer theory between 1864 and 1869, within a culture of Victorian repression.<br /> <br /> Davis has published articles on gender and sexuality in The Germanic Review, The Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society and The Pater Newsletter. He is currently completing two books on gender and sexuality, one on Virginia Woolf, titled “Dating Mrs Dalloway: Self-Reflexion, Suicide, and the Ends of Modern Fiction,” and one on Walter Pater, titled “Walter Pater’s Latent Intelligence and the Conception of Queer Theory.”<br /> <br /> There will be a reception in the faculty lounge immediately following the event. <br /> <br /> This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the gender and women’s studies program. For more information, contact (315) 445-4390.</p>
posted on: 4/16/2008