R110. What's Love Got to Do with It?: Desire in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

Room 402 AB, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
9:00 am to 10:15 am


In 1911, E. M. Forster wrote of his weariness of the only subject he could treat—the love of men for women. For a novelist in the Victorian era, it seemed impossible to reconcile the rift between narrative convention and homosexual desire. Discussions of narrative conventions still typically elide considerations of their socially restrictive underpinnings. This panel includes both queer and nonqueer identified writers to promote dialogue about the ways that desire informs our aesthetic choices.



Jessica Alexander is a PhD candidate at the University of Utah, as well as a Tanner Humanities Fellow. Her short fiction appears in such journals as Denver Quarterly, Fence, DIAGRAM, and Black Warrior Review. She is a fiction editor for Quarterly West.

Rachel Levy is the author of A Book So Red. Her fictions have appeared in Fence, Gigantic, Drunken Boat, and Pank, among other places. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Utah, coeditor of Dreginald, and an administrative fellow for the Fiction Collective 2.

Michael Shou-Yung Shum is currently a PhD candidate in the creative writing program at the University of Tennessee, where he serves as fiction editor for Grist: The Journal for Writers. His recent stories appear in Burrow Press Review, Spolia, and Your Impossible Voice.

Jaclyn Watterson is assistant professor of English and creative writing at Mercyhurst University. She is the former fiction editor of Quarterly West, and her work has appeared in Puerto del Sol, Paragraphiti, the Collagist, Birkensnake, Western Humanities Review, and several others.

Jose De La Garza


March 4–7, 2020
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