“Whiteness and the Literary Construction of Homosexuality,” a CSWS Noon Talk by Michael Hames-García

December 3, 2014
12:00 pmto1:00 pm
Michael Hames-García / photo by Ernesto Javier Martínez

Michael Hames-García / photo by Ernesto Javier Martínez



Jane Grant Conference Room
330 Hendricks Hall
1408 University St.
UO campus
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Whiteness and the Literary Construction of Homosexuality

CSWS director Michael Hames-García will talk about a new book project that focuses on whiteness and the literary construction of homosexuality in the period between World War II and the 1969 Stonewall rebellion. This manuscript examines works by authors ranging from Gore Vidal to James Baldwin to explore the conflation of homosexuality with whiteness that developed during this historic period.

“Rather than a collateral effect of latent white supremacy or disregard for the lives of queer people of color, I argue that this conflation—perhaps most surprising in the work of African American author James Baldwin and Chicano writer John Rechy—is the result of a deliberate, if implicit, process of making homosexuality legible, representing it as not pathological, and garnering sympathy for emerging political claims on its behalf,” he says.

Dr. Hames-García is a professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at University of Oregon. He will talk about his research in the cozy setting of the Jane Grant Conference Room on Wednesday, December 3, at noon.

Feel free to bring your own lunch.