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Hags

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, March 14, 2017. 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Stanford Humanities Center Board Room
Workshop: 
Feminisms & Queerings
Meeting Description: 

Presenter: Adrian Daub
Professor of Comparative Literature and German Studies
Director of Undergraduate Studies, DLCL
Director, Program in Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies (FGSS)
Chair of Undergraduate Studies, German Studies

Noted Warhol-muse Dorothy Dean once said to Truman Capote: "I am not a fag hag. I am a fruit fly." This lecture tries to come to terms with this variously (and never fully complimentarily) named phenomenon, and the distinctions of the sort Dean is trying to make here. It traverses novels, TV and assorted pop culture in search of a phenomenon as ubiquitous as it is under-theorized, a relationship that has the appearance of a universal, but that may have been in fact highly historically specific. It tries to tease out the history of a figure that could emerge only once the bonds of heteronormativity loosened around gay men and the women who hung around them, but that also had a curious way of reinstantiating that very normativity.

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