Narrative Perspectives on Sex and Subjecthood

At one moment in Miranda July’s “Something that Needs Nothing,” the narrator comments, “So this is what it was like not to be me” (89). The self-reflexive observation comes in light of a sexual encounter, and immediately draws our attention to the relationship between sex and subjectivity that is central to the story. Indeed, both […]

Gaycation and Inconsistencies

 It’s difficult sometimes to understand just where people are coming from when they insist on homophobic behaviours. There often seems to be these contradictions with a single person’s discussion of the topic, but these discrepancies, even when pointed out to the person, doesn’t seem incentivized to then revise hie or her paradigm and the way […]


Can you dream of something that you don’t know anything about. Can you create, in your fantasies, something that is not real, something that will never be real, something that resists the real, something that edges against the real and says something about the real perhaps even but safely safely because because it’s not real! I tried […]

What Can Fiction Do For Authors?

Since we have read both genres for this course, I cannot help but ask: what are some of the differences between memoir and fiction? Where a memoir is considered to tell a truthful account about a series of veridical moments in an authors life, fiction is a genre fit for entertainment and does not have […]

Annotated Bibliography – Solnit, Rebecca. “Woolf’s Darkness: Embracing the Inexplicable.” Men Explain Things to Me

Solnit, Rebecca. “Woolf’s Darkness: Embracing the Inexplicable.” Men Explain Things to Me. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2014. Print. 79-99. Solnit’s essay on Virginia Woolf “Woolf’s Darkness: Embracing the Inexplicable” from her 2014 Men Explain Things to Me argues for depth, uncertainty, good stories, and good criticism. As one of her primary interlocutors, Woolf’s persona and writing […]

Annotated Bibliography: Gender Trouble by Judith Butler

Butler, Judith. “Chapter 1. Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire.” Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. New York: Routledge, 1990. 1-34. Print.       In Gender Trouble, Judith Butler critiques identity and gender by challenging assumptions about the distinction often made between sex and gender. (Sex as biological while gender as culturally constructed.) She explains that sexed […]