Category Archives: Research

New Research: “Complicating Eroticism and the Male Gaze: Feminism and Georges Bataille’s Story of the Eye” by Chris Vanderwees (Carleton University)

batailleCarleton University Department of English Doctoral student Chris Vanderwees has a new article in Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature exploring the relationship between feminist criticism and Georges Bataille’s Story of the Eye.

from the Abstract:

Much of the critical work on Bataille assimilates his psychosocial theories in Erotism with the manifestation of those theories in his fiction without acknowledging potential contradictions between the two bodies of work. The conflation of important distinctions between representations of sex and death in Story of the Eye and the writings of Erotism forecloses the possibility of reading Bataille’s novel as a critique of gender relations. This article unravels some of the distinctions between Erotism and Story of the Eye in order to complicate the assumption that the novel simply reproduces phallogocentric sexual fantasies of transgression. Drawing from the work of Angela Carter and Laura Mulvey, the author proposes the possibility of reading Story of the Eye as a pornographic critique of gender relations through an analysis of the novel’s displacement and destruction of the male gaze.

Download the full article at Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature: Vol. 38: Iss. 1, Article 6 (2014)


RESEARCH TALKS: Barbara Leckie — “Unfinished: One Story of Victorian Procrastination”

    Dorothea finds Casaubon dead, from a painting by W. L. Taylor.

Dorothea finds Casaubon dead, from a painting by W. L. Taylor.

Friday, 11 April 2014

1811 Dunton Tower

Please join the Department of English for a new Research Talk by Dr. Barbara Leckie entitled “Unfinished: One Story of Victorian Procrastination.” Dr. Leckie’s paper will discuss George Eliot’s Middlemarch through the lens of twentieth- and twenty-first-century procrastination self-help guides. In this novel, Edward Casaubon famously procrastinates his “great work,” “The Key to All Mythologies.” Dr. Leckie’s paper will suggest that by looking closely at his procrastinatory methods, energies, and excuses we can gain insight into Eliot’s novel (and the nineteenth-century novel itself as a procrastinatory structure), the modern subject, and the rise of self-help literature on procrastination since the 1980s.
Leckie Research Talk

Winning America: The Legacy of Liberal Protestantism — Research Talk by Andrew Connolly

Date: Friday, March 21, 2014

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: 1811 Dunton Tower (Gordon Wood Lounge)

David Hollinger has recently argued that, although mainline liberal Protestants “lost American Protestantism” due to declining membership, they “won the United States.” He is among a group of scholars who suggest that American religious pluralism, individualism, and even multicultural tolerance have liberal Protestant roots. This paper takes a more critical approach by examining the relationship between the liberal Protestant legacy and a neoliberal understanding of religion, an understanding which permeates Democratic politics and the book publishing industry.

Andrew Connolly is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Carleton University. His dissertation examines contemporary deconversion narratives from Kim Barnes to Katy Perry.

Research Talk Connolly

#domination: an undisciplinary speaker series


Ummni Khan, Law and Legal Studies
Emilie Cameron, Geography and Environmental Studies
Danielle DiNovelli-Lang, Sociology and Anthropology

Stuart J. Murray will be speaking at the Vitalizing Movements Conference: Bodies, Environments, and Biopolitical Struggles

Vitalizing Movements Conference: Bodies, Environments, and Biopolitical Struggles

January 31 – February 2, 2014

Carleton University, Ottawa

Free, but we ask you to register if possible so we can plan for food/drink:

Stuart J. Murray, “The Body as Machine: Neoliberal Biopolitics and the Performative Rhetorics of HIV Treatment-as-Prevention”

Saturday, January 1 –1:00-2:30

Loeb A720

The TasP (Treatment-as-Prevention) paradigm is premised on the claim that scaling up testing and providing immediate access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) for individuals living with HIV will produce a broader preventative benefit at the public health level and reduce the number of new HIV infections. Building on Marilou Gagnon’s paper, which argues for the emergence of a new medical category of “virally suppressed,” this paper performs an analysis of two pro-TasP media campaigns in order to demonstrate the rhetorical strategies at play in the constitution of virally suppressed/unsuppressed subjectivities. First, it analyzes a BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS YouTube “public service” advertisement, which enjoins the viewer to get tested by analogizing the body to “a great machine.” Second, it reads the cover photograph of a recent Médicins sans frontières publication depicting an African woman wearing a t-shirt declaring, “Viral Load Undetectable.” These two, unrelated campaigns, provide the occasion for a critical assessment of subject-formation within the rhetoric of suppression. While these campaigns presume vastly different audiences, each provides an image with which the viewer is meant to identify—desirable subject-positions available to be taken up, incorporated, and lived. In brief, the images of the bodies they propose are synecdochal for a normative and compliant subject, while a nexus of normalizing forces operate covertly in the background. Judith Butler’s theory of performativity is used to help read these campaigns and to understand the kind of subject that consolidates around the norm that is proposed by the TasP paradigm.


FRIDAY          Azrieli Pavillion 132

6:30 – 8:00     Poster Virus – AIDS Action Now

8:00 – 9:30     Keynote Address: Sarah Schulman “33 Years of AIDS”

SATURDAY    Loeb A720
9:30 – 10:00  Coffee and Light Snacks

10:00 – 10:15            Introductions

10:15 – 11:45            Fashioning Sexualities
Aging Bodies, Sexual Subjects: Feminist Health Activism and Biomedical Constructions of Sexual (Dys)function.
Annabelle Arbogast, University of Cincinnati

The Biopolitics of Australia’s Third, “X,” Sex: Pathology, Invisibility, and Intersexuality.
Celeste Elizabeth Orr, University of Ottawa

The Asexuality Movement and the Biopolitics of Sexuality in Contemporary North American Contexts
Ela Przyblo, York University

Like a Fish on a Stick: Culture and Resistance Among PLHIV Support Groups in Lao PDR
Amanda Joy, Carleton University

11:45 – 1:00 – Lunch

1:00 – 2:30     Biopolitics, Viropolitics, HIV Treatment and Criminalization
Freedom Through Suppression: The New Logic of Viral Suppression in HIV Treatment-as-Prevention
Marilou Gagnon, University of Ottawa

The Body as Machine: Neoliberal Biopolitics and the Performative Rhetorics of HIV Treatment-as-Prevention
Stuart J. Murray, Carleton University

Bioethics and Biopolitics in the Era of HIV Treatment-as-Prevention
Adrian Guta, Carleton University

Viropolitics: On Uncertainty and Counselling in an Era of Criminalization
Martin French, Concordia University

2:30-2:45 – Break

2:45 – 5:00    Bodies in Movement
What’s Left of the Body?: Protest Medics, Trauma, and the Ethics of Console
Hilton Bertalan, York University

Reshaping Canadian Disability Movements through Artistic, Radical and Cultural-based Activism
Michael Orsini and Christine Kelly, University of Ottawa

Governing participation: the politics and policy of the involvement of people living with HIV
Alex McClelland, Adrian Guta, Nicole Greenspan.

7:00 – 9:00    Keynote Address: “Direct Action = Life: Memories of AIDS Activism in ‘Canada,’ 1987-1993.” Gary Kinsman, Laurentian University

SAW Gallery

9:00 – 11:00  Evening Social [Avant Garde]

SUNDAY         Loeb A710

9:00 -5:00      Workshop – Indexing Methodologies in Research on AIDS Activism (limited attendance)

Reaseach Talks: Dana Dragunoiu: “Nabokov, Pushkin, Shakespeare and the Cosmopolitan Ideal”

Friday, January 31


1811 Dunton Tower