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My thesis examines the representation of selfhood in lesbian narratives of the Weimar Republic, particularly the articulation of internalised homophobia and anxieties about the role of the homosexual other in interwar society. The project engages with contemporary lesbian literary theory, most notably Adrienne Rich’s argument surrounding appropriation of traditional conventions. Additionally, it will consider Lillian Faderman’s arguments regarding what constitutes canonical lesbian literature and how the use of heteronormative conventions may prove problematic in creating a definitive historical canon.
My analysis seeks to outline the appropriative representational strategy in texts, such as A. E. Weirauch’s Der Skorpion trilogy (1919-31) and Christa Winsloe’s drama Gestern und Heute (1930). It focuses predominantly on the subversion of established religious and Gothic tropes, as well as the use of visual signifiers of difference. By examining both Gothic and religious readings of the narratives, my analysis seeks to identify a new paradigm for reading and understanding the complex construction of sapphic identity during the Weimar Republic period.
Weimar Literature; Gay and Lesbian Literature; Sapphic Modernism; Gothic Literature; Weimar Cinema
Matthew J. Berry and Hannah O’Connor (eds.), Forbidden Fruits, Forbidden Histories: going past the accepted queer canon (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Forthcoming 2013).
2011-2012 MA English Literature (Distinction), Cardiff University
2007-2011 BA German and English Literature (First Class Hons), Cardiff University
I am currently the PGR representative for the Cardiff School of European Languages, Translation and Politics, as well as Education Executive representative for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. If you have any questions, concerns or points to raise at the PGR Review Group or Research Committee, please email me.
‘Queering the Mainstream Monster: Demonstrating Difference in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897)’, Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia Inaugural Conference, Auckland, 22nd January 2013.
‘From Sapphic Supervillains to Dynamic Dykes: Lesbian Heroism and (In)Visibility in Mainstream Graphic Literature Pre- and Post-9/11’, Comics Forum 2012, Leeds Central Library, 16th November 2012.
‘Sapphic Suckers: Misrepresenting the Lesbian Vampire in Late-Victorian Gothic Fiction’, Forbidden Fruits, Forbidden Histories LGBT Conference, Cardiff University, 11th July 2012.
‘Kisses Before Bedtime: Screening Sapphic Sexuality in Mädchen in Uniform (1931)’, Subversion and Resistance in German Cinema Conference, University of Leeds, 16th March 2012.
‘Playing with Fire: Religious Subversion in Anna Elisabet Weirauch’s The Scorpion (1919)’, 17th Postgraduate Religious Studies and Theology Conference, Bristol University, 10th March 2012.
‘Sex and the Sacrificial Dyke: Representing Lesbian Love in Anna Elisabet Weirauch’s Der Skorpion (1919)’, 50th National Postgraduate Colloquium for German Studies, Oxford University, 29th October 2011.
‘Recapturing Ganymede: The Aesthetics of Homoeroticism in Thomas Mann’s Weimar Works’, 1st LGBT International Human Rights Conference, Cardiff, 31st August 2011.