12 February 2021 - 12 February 2021
1:00PM - 2:00PM
Dr Tyler Bradway, a leading contemporary queer theorist, will be presenting a paper entitled: Queer Narrative Theory and the Relationality of Form.
This talk contests the "anti-narrative" foundations of queer literary studies. Anti-narrativity understands narrative as a conservative form that abets heteronormativity by imposing coherence and linearity on subjectivity and meaning. By contrast, this talk reframes narrative as a relational form rife with affordances for figuring and sustaining queer bonds. I trace these affordances through contemporary queer kinship narratives that discover unexpectedly queer relations within address, contiguity, closure, and even linearity, which queer theory misses when it defines narrative as inherently teleological and when it locates queerness primarily in transgressive ruptures. Queer narrative theory thus emerges in this talk as a relational formalism well-suited to debates about the shapes queer belonging takes now.
Associate Professor of English at SUNY Cortland
Bradway is the author of Queer Experimental Literature: The Affective Politics of Bad Reading (Palgrave, 2017; paperback 2019)