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Professor Susan S. Lanser to Speak

On Tuesday, 3/21, at 4:00pm, in 1210 McClung Tower, Professor Susan S. Lanser will speak on “Lesbian Modernity: Sapphic Subjects from Absolutism to Austen.”  How did the sapphic configure early modern Europe, and in what ways might sexual representations have agency in organizing larger discursive frameworks? These questions and more frame Professor Lanser’s most recent book, The Sexuality of History: Modernity and the Sapphic, 1565-1830 (Chicago: U of Chicago Press, 2014). Lanser’s scholarship focuses on three primary arenas: narrative theory and the novel, especially women writers; eighteenth-century European studies; and gender and sexuality studies. Professor Lanser is also the author of Fictions of Authority (1992), The Narrative Act (1981), numerous articles, the co-editor of Narrative Theory Unbound: Queer and Feminist Interventions. She is also the incoming president of ASECS, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. This talk is sponsored by the UT Humanities Center.

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